The Honda Odyssey's second-row seats apparently pose a risk of injury to passengers. Over 641,302 Odyssey minivans have been recalled and a stop-sale order issued.
Second-row seats of Honda Odyssey minivans are faulty. A press statement made by Honda says that the recall is due to a faulty mechanism that allows the tilting and moving forward of the outboard second-row seats to gain access to the third-row seats. The seats may not lock into place after it is returned to its normal position. This issue covers 633,753 recalled 2011 to 2016 Honda Odyssey models that were built between August 17, 2010, and October 1, 2015.
Another recall involves a defect in the latch mechanism that enables the center seat on the second row to slide forward. The seat may not lock when the adjustment handle is released therefore posing a risk to injury to passengers in the whole vehicle. A total of 7,549 Odysseys with this issue have been recalled bringing the total up to 641,302.
Warranty claims concerning the defects were how the issue was brought to Honda's attention with a total of 689 warranty claims already received as of December 16. Honda then reported the flaw to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who, in turn, issued a statement on their website. The statement said that the faulty adjustment handle "increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash."
Although no injuries or accidents have been reported, Honda had pushed through with the recall to install additional brackets and springs to second-row outboard seats through dealerships. However, the necessary parts will not be available until spring of 2017 due to the volume needed.
Honda will send a notification to affected Odyssey owners in February next year and a second notification once the necessary parts are available. In the meantime, Honda advises that 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."