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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 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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Honda Issues Recall for More than 700,000 Fit Vehicles

Honda Issues Recall for More than 700,000 Fit Vehicles

Last week was fairly newsworthy for consumers due to several automobile manufacturers issuing voluntary recalls. Ford announced a recall of more than 13,000 2013 Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS models, and Mitsubishi announced a recall of about 3,200 2011 Outlander Sports models. This week, another vehicle manufacturer is making headlines.

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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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Honda Issues Recall For Over 200,000 Vehicles To Fix Shift Mechanism

Honda Issues Recall For Over 200,000 Vehicles To Fix Shift Mechanism

One week after Honda recalled approximately 561,000 automobiles, the manufacturer issued a new recall that affects another 200,000.  Some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, including Honda, announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles last week because of defective airbags that have been linked back to the Japan-based Takata Corporation.  Honda’s most recent recall, however, involves problems with the automaker’s shift-interlock sys

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Honda And Acura Recalling 180,000 Vehicles In The U.S. Over Unexpected Braking Issues

Honda And Acura Recalling 180,000 Vehicles In The U.S. Over Unexpected Braking Issues

Over the past two decades, some of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers have worked to perfect what is known as the electric stability control system in their vehicles. Basically, this specialized computer system acts as a second driver for the vehicle in the sense that if the driver loses control, or if the computer senses loss of traction or anything out of the ordinary and therefore dangerous, the car will automatically apply the brakes to help the driver regain control and move the vehicle to safety.

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Continental Tires Recalling 1,700 Tires Commonly Used With Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

Continental Tires Recalling 1,700 Tires Commonly Used With Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

Honda Power Sports touts the Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle as a bike that “can make your riding dreams come true” as it represents the height of luxury to enthusiasts looking to combine their loves of riding with long-distance travels. From comfortable seating for two to high end technological spoils that include XM radio, iPod docking and a navigation system, the Gold Wing touring cycle really packs everything in to make the $23,000 retail price worthwhile.

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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 Recalling 807,000 SUV’s and Minivans after Reports of Runaway Risk

Honda Recalling 807,000 SUV’s and Minivans after Reports of Runaway Risk

Last year, Honda Motor Corp. announced two simultaneous recalls of more than 1 million vehicles over concerns of fire hazards caused by defective master switches in the power window systems, as well as software issues in hybrid vehicles that could have potentially caused vehicles to suddenly move in the opposite direction of what the driver intended.

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