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Honda recalling Odysseys to fix middle seats

Over 640,000 minivans may suffer from middle row seats that won't latch

Published: December 31, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 5, 2017, 2:28 AM

2014 Honda Odyssey

Honda is recalling more than 640,000 Odyssey minivans to address an issue with second-row seats that could cause them to shift during a crash.

There are actually two recalls. The main one addresses a problem with the tilt-and-slide outboard seats that allow access to the third row of seats. A faulty latch mechanism could prevent the seat from locking back into place after performing its intended duties. It affects 633,753 minivans from model years 2011 through 2016.

2011 Honda Odyssey -rear seat

The second recall affects 7,549 Odysseys from 2016, and deals with the latch mechanism on the centre portion of the middle row bench, which allows the seat to slide fore and aft. The seat may not lock properly into place when the handle is released, which would mean it would still move in a crash situation.

Honda is not aware of any injuries resulting from the defective seats in crash situations, but rather became aware of the issue through warranty claims (about 700 of them).

The fix involves the addition of brackets and springs and will naturally be performed at no charge to owners, but the parts are not going to be available until spring 2017 due to the sheer numbers of affected vehicles.

Honda Canada, which will address the issues in 52,710 minivans, says it won’t be issuing recall letters until February to alert Canadian owners of the recall, and will issue a second letter when parts become available, instructing owners to attend their nearest dealership to initiate repairs.

Until then, owners are being instructed to slide the seat into the desired position and manually lock it in place by pushing down on the horizontal position adjustment bar.