Hopefully not, but let's say we're about to crash while driving, we don't want our seats sliding around in its tracks. The reason why Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that they are about to recall almost 650,000 Odyssey minivans within the United States is due to the fact that second row seats from models 2011-2016 can come unlocked in an event of a collision.
According to a notice filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the second row seat release lever has a possible manufacturing issue, causing the lever to deteriorate and increasing the risk of injury during a crash. The recall is limited to Odyssey models manufactured between Aug. 17, 2010 and Oct. 1, 2015.
Two separate recalls will be conducted. The first recall will cover more than 633,000 Odyssey minivans model year 2011 to 2016. The second recall will be limited and will cover 7,600 model year 2016 that do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), "Seat Systems."
There will be fewer minivans to be recalled in Mexican and Canada as well but Honda did not disclose details on the amount of vehicles involved. The automakers said that owners of affected vehicles will be notified by letter in January and mid-February as the parts needed to fix this issue are not available as of the moment. The fix will involve installing an additional bracket and spring, and a replacement for the horizontal adjustment bar.
A complaint filed in Sept. 2013 by an owner of a 2011 Odyssey says that during a crash, the seats holding their children came unlocked which resulted to their youngsters being thrown in the back of the driver's seat. Another complaint was filed in Sept. 2016.
Since then, no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue. Honda notes that they are not aware of the crashes and this issue was discovered through warranty claims.