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Honda Recalls 690K Odyssey Minivans; Seats Deemed Unstable

Honda Recalls 690K Odyssey Minivans; Seats Deemed Unstable

Minivan Seats Deemed Unstable; Honda Recalls 690K Vehicles

At the end of December Honda recalled 686,463 Odyssey minivans in North America over concerns that the second-row seats can come loose in an accident. Some consumers have even reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that they have experienced their seats shifting while simply braking. The NHTSA stated that the defect “increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash.” But at the time of the recall no injuries were reported, although Honda has received 689 warranty claims relating to the issue. The minivans in question were assembled from August 17, 2010 through October 1, 2015 and sold under models years 2011 to 2016.

Honda admitted to first receiving a complaint of the faulty second-row seats in January of 2011, but they claimed to not be able to understand the reason for the problem, so they did nothing thinking it was a one off.  In Honda’s 2016 report to NHTSA the automaker claims to not have learned of another complaint until January 2015, but the NHTSA website contains consumer complaints dating back to 2014. Honda said they were able to recreate the complaint over the summer of 2015, but just one time. So they continued to monitor the situation, but again the automaker did nothing.

Almost a year later, Honda sent notices to dealers inquiring about complaints relating to the defect. But not until November 2016 did Honda learn how to reproduce the problem with consistency, which they determined was caused by “grease hardening under specific temperature and humidity ranges, along with the surface roughness of the parts.” There is no evidence that the NHTSA ever opened a probe to investigate the complaints that the second-row seats, designed to move forward to access the third-row, may not lock when returned to their intended position. Six years after receiving the first complaint, Honda finally recalled the minivans.

Honda Odyssey Recalls

 

Every model year Odyssey from 2002 to 2016 has now been affected by a recall. Earlier in 2016, the 2002, 2003, & 2004 model year Odyssey minivans were among the millions of Honda vehicles recalled over their defective Takata airbag inflators. In 2014, U.S. authorities recalled nearly 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans (2005 to 2010 model years) because the minivans were leaking fuel that could catch fire. The year before another 344,000 (model year 2007 & 2008) Odyssey minivans were recalled because of a faulty sensor that could cause the brakes to turn on at random.

Owners of a recently recalled Odyssey will have their second-row seats secured with an additional bracket and spring free of charge. Honda said they will contact consumers in February, but authorities say that the necessary parts are not expected to be available for months. In the meantime, Odyssey drivers are being told to make sure that their second-row seats are locked in place with the horizontal adjustment bar.

To see if your Honda Odyssey has been recalled please visit: http://consumerwatch.com/vehicle-recall-checker-by-vin-check-vehicle-recalls/

To file a complaint with the NHTSA see: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

 

Honda Begins 2013 The Same Way 2012 Ended With Recall Of Pilots And Odysseys

Honda Begins 2013 The Same Way 2012 Ended With Recall Of Pilots And Odysseys

To say that 2012 was a bad year for Honda would be an understatement, as the major automobile manufacturer announced a variety of major recalls involving some of the world’s most popular vehicle models. Honda was second to only Toyota in the number of recalls in the U.S. in 2012, as defects involving the Civic, Pilot, Odyssey and Accord, among others, anchored what was a rather forgettable year for the Japanese company.

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Honda Recalls Odyssey, Element Over Brake Pedals

Honda Recalls Odyssey, Element Over Brake Pedals

Due to customer complaints regarding their brake pedals, Honda announced in March that they were recalling 344,000 of their Odyssey minivans and 68,000 of their Elements that were made between 2007 and 2008. According to Honda, the company received complaints that the brake pedals felt “soft” and that the brake pedals “gradually exhibit a pedal height that gets lower before the vehicle stops.”

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Honda announces another recall for 400,000 Odysseys

Honda announces another recall for 400,000 Odysseys

This week, Honda issued a recall of over 400,000 vehicles due to a brake problem. These models include the 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Element small trucks. Approximately 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements are involved in the recall. According to the company, the brakes may become soft due to inadequate sealing which allows air to intrude the mechanism. While only a minute amount of air may enter the mechanism, over time this quantity of air will compound, resulting in a “soft” or “low” brake pedal.

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What Year Hondas Are Affected By The Takata Airbag Recall?

What Year Hondas Are Affected By The Takata Airbag Recall?

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What Was The Federal Government’s Warning To 2001-2003 Honda/Acura Owners?

What Was The Federal Government’s Warning To 2001-2003 Honda/Acura Owners?

The federal government’s warning to 2001-2003 Honda/Acura owners urged them to avoid driving their vehicles — starting immediately. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that the defective Takata airbag inflators in these vehicles have shown a far higher risk of rupture during deployment than other recalled Takata airbags. What Models Are Affected? […]

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Honda Airbag Recall

Honda is one of 19 automakers with vehicles that are subject to the Takata recall. This page contains information about the recall of Honda vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.    Honda Airbag Recall Quick Facts:  Honda has more vehicles subject to the Takata recall than any other automaker. Honda recommends consumers stop driving certain models […]

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Which Hondas Are Being Recalled For Airbags?

Which Hondas Are Being Recalled For Airbags?

Some Honda and Acura vehicles have defective Takata airbags on both the driver and passenger side, while others only have them on one side or the other. The following vehicles are part of the recall: Honda Acura 2001-2012 Honda Accord 2003 Acura 3.2CL 2001-2011 Honda Civic 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL 2012-2013 Honda Crosstour 2013-2016 Acura ILX […]

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Honda Recalls Approximately 374,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

Honda Recalls Approximately 374,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

It’s uncommon for two vehicle manufacturers to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for similar reasons in the same week. Nevertheless, this week both Suzuki and Honda recalled more than a combined 400,000 vehicles due to problems with the airbags. Suzuki recalled approximately 193,936 Grand Vitara and SX4 models due to the airbag’s sensor mat potentially failing and deploying in a crash whether or not the occupant is an adult or child.

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Over 18,000 Honda and Acura Vehicles Recalled Due To Brake Booster Problem

Over 18,000 Honda and Acura Vehicles Recalled Due To Brake Booster Problem

In late April, Honda issued a recall for over 200,000 vehicles to fix a gear-shift mechanism that could possibly shift the vehicles transmission out of the park position without pressing the brake pedal. The recall affected popular models, such as the 2013 Acura RDX sedans, and Honda CR-Vs and Odyssey minivans from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The gear-shift problem could result in the vehicle being shifted into drive by accident. This recall was issued just

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