ALERT – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
THIS IS A HEALTH HAZARD SITUATION WHERE THERE IS A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT CAN CAUSE ADVERSE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
Honda Motor Company, one of the world’s largest automakers, has just announced that they will be recalling roughly 900,000 minivans due to a severe safety hazard with the second-row seats. According to reports, the seats could tip forward, leading to serious injury, after being adjusted.
The Japanese car manufacturer has announced that the recall will affect Honda Odyssey minivans ranging all the way from 2011 to 2017, making it one of the largest Honda-related recalls in recent history. They are currently working on a solution to help ensure proper latching, and in the mean time have urged you to read the following:
Dear Odyssey Owner:
Follow these instructions to properly position the second row outer seats and confirm they are securely
latched to the floor.
Second Row Outer Seat Positions
The two second row outer seats can be installed in two positions, standard and wide:
The second row center seat has only a single seat position.
In the standard position, the seats are located inward for:
- Easier access to the third row
- Maximizing second row outer seat passenger headroom
In the wide position, the seats are located outward for:
- Installation of three car seats in the
- Additional hip and shoulder room for passengers in the second row seats
Latching the Second Row Outer Seats
Follow these steps when installing or re-positioning the second row outer seats, and check that the second row seats are secure to help assure passenger safety. Follow the steps below every time the rear seat latches have been released from the floor.
1. Insert the front seat hooks into the front floor strikers.
2. Slide the seat into either the standard or wide position:
- Pull the seat out to the wide position, or push the seat into the standard position until it stops (identified in green).
- Do not position the seat hooks in the middle of the striker. The seat will not lock into position (identified in red).
3. Lower the rear of the seat. There is both a rib on the floor and a collar on the rear metal striker. Check that the rear latch and damper are inside or outside of the rib and collar (identified by the green highlight in the illustration):
- The rib and collar separate the standard and wide seat positions.
- Do not attempt to latch the seat in the middle (identified in red); the damper and rear latch will rest on the rib and collar and will not lock.
4. Press down on the rear part of the seat to set both rear latches. The latches click as they engage the floor strikers.
5. Raise the seat-back to an upright position, then rock the seat back and forth, trying to tilt it forward, and make sure both the inner and outer latches are locked in position.
If the seat is not latched properly, it can lead to a serious safety hazard during moderate to heavy breaking. Honda has currently received 46 reports of injuries relating to the issue, and is aiming to clamp down on that number as soon as possible.
If you have a Honda Odyssey dated from 2011-2017, it is highly recommended that you enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the link below. All safety recall repairs are free at authorized Honda dealers, and the manufacturer has urged you to double check your vehicle’s safety.
ABC News reports that Honda Motor Company announced the recall just earlier today, despite numerous injuries being reported previously:
Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.
The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States.
Honda says it has received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the issue.
It says the Odyssey’s second-row seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking if it isn’t properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat.
The company is working on a way to repair the issue and says it will notify owners when one is available. It will be free. Until then, Honda has put instructions for properly latching the seat on its website for owners.
Bloomberg reported the same story, except claims that 800,000 vehicles are at risk instead of 900,000. Accounts vary, but one thing is for certain: you are seriously urged to check your Honda Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) using the link provided.
Honda Motor Co. is recalling about 800,000 of its Odyssey minivans in the U.S. after receiving 46 reports of injuries over faulty passenger seats.
The company will repair the seats free of charge for owners of 2011-2017 models, it said in a statement Saturday.
“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 company said in the statement.
Honda said it’s looking into how best to repair the seats and will start notifying owners of the fault via mail beginning in late December.
The recall comes two months after Honda agreed to pay $484 million to settle economic-loss claims tied to Takata Corp. air-bag recalls. As of mid-September, about 20 million vehicles containing defective Takata air-bag inflators still haven’t been fixed, 64 percent of the 31.5 million vehicles containing the defective parts, according to a progress report.
While it isn’t 100% confirmed just yet, officials are reporting that the latching safety hazard does not affect front row or back row seats, only second row seats. If you know anyone with a Honda, or have friends who drive around with their children in the back seat, please share this article immediately.
Although no deaths have been reported thus far, if this issue goes unnoticed it will only be a matter of time before someone is severely injured and killed in an accident due to the safety issues present with the latch in second row Honda Odyssey seats.