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Honda Recalling 900K Odysseys Due to Seat Latches

Maker says 46 people injured due to seat issue.

by on Nov.20, 2017

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans due to issues with second-row seat latches.

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans, with about 800,000 of those in the United States, due to problems with the second-row seats.

According to the Japanese automaker the recall covers 2011–17 models. The second row seats can tip forward if they are not latched properly. The company doesn’t have a fix ready for the vehicles so it is advising owners on how to ensure the seats are properly latched.

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In fact, it has posted a detailed instruction sheet for how to make certain the seats are latched correctly and plans to add a video to supplement the instruction sheet. 

“If a second row seat is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat, the seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant,” the statement said. “This issue will not occur if a seat is properly latched.”

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The company said it had received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the seats. It will begin notifying owners of the recall by mail in late December.

Honda said the purpose of the recall is “notify owners how to properly latch the second-row seats and that their vehicles will require a free repair in the future.” The company will notify vehicle owners through the mail in late-December 2017.

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Odyssey owners can determine now if their vehicles is included in the recall by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. Honda said it will notify owners again when a permanent approved repair is available in the near future.

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