Honda’s having issues with its minivan magic. The automaker is recalling 641,302 Odysseys from the 2011-2016 model years and issuing a stop-sale. Two separate issues made this necessary. Both involve the position locking on the second-row seats.
The first issue involves 633,753 Odysseys. It recalls models produced between Aug. 17, 2010, to Oct. 1, 2015.
These models’ second-row seats aren’t locking in place. Specifically, the two outside seats slide forward to provide rear access. Then they’re supposed to slide back and lock. But they’re not locking. This means they could shift dangerously out of place from the force of a crash.
Dealers will fix the problem by adding more springs and brackets. But repairs won’t be immediate because parts won’t be available until spring.
Until then, Honda wants drivers to “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.”
Honda will begin reaching out to owners mid-February. It will send notices again when the parts arrive.
The second issue affects a smaller batch of 7,549 newer Odysseys. These models were built this year between Sept. 23 and Oct. 24. Like the first issue, a second-row seat isn’t locking. This time it’s the middle seat only. The issue involves a little latch mechanism. A special dealership inspection will check and fix it. Those notices will start arriving by the end of January.