Nearly a quarter of a million Honda Odyssey minivans have been affected in the latest recall that was issued by Honda in the last week of December citing issues with second row outboard seat latches.
The automaker issued the voluntary recall after it discovered an issue with the second row seats through a series of warranty claims in North America. Honda says that 633,753 Odessey minivans have been recalled in the US and a similar recall affects 52,710 minivans in Canada. The recall affects 2011-2016 model years Odyssey minivans and while no injuries or crashes have been reported yet, Honda says that it is bringing back all the minivans as a precaution.
According to Honda, under certain circumstances, the mechanism that allows the outboard second row seats to tilt and slide forward for access to the third row seating area may not properly lock the seat into place when the seat is returned to its normal position, increasing the risk of injury to passengers seated in the second row.
Until the required repair has been performed on each vehicle, Honda recommends that, after using the walk-in feature, vehicle owners should slide the seat into the desired position and manually lock the seat into a fixed position by pushing down on the horizontal position adjustment bar.
The recall will see additional springs and brackets installed onto the slide mechanism for the outboard second row seats, free of charge. These additional springs and brackets will provide additional return torque to the mechanisms, ensuring that the seats lock into place.
Honda has said that because the recall affects hundreds of thousands of minivans, the necessary parts will not be available until spring 2017. Owners of affected vehicles will be informed of the recall in an initial mailed notification letter in mid-February 2017. A second notification letter will be sent to inform owners when parts become available.