Honda voluntarily recalls 650,000 mini vans in the US to fix seat issues

Automotive - Himanshu Gill - Dec 30,2016

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honda voluntarily recalls 650000 mini vans in the us to fix seat issues


Honda Motors has announced to recall nearly 650,000 of its Odyssey minivans in the United States to change the second-row seats that were feared to shift suddenly.

The Japanese automobile giant issued the recall of vans sold between 2011 and 2016 that were manufactured from August 7, 2010 through October 1, 2015 to fix the defect. As per Honda’s US division, any injuries have not yet been reported from this issue but it intends to secure safety for its customers.

It said that the recall would be helpful for parents as minivans are a popular car choice for parents transporting their kids to and from home, school and other places throughout the week.

The voluntary recall will be conducted in two different shifts, Honda and US safety regulators have confirmed. The larger recall involves 634,000 Odyssey minivans for model year 2011 to 2016, and the smaller one will affect about 7,600 of the 2016 model year Odyssey minivans.

A selected number of minivans will also be recalled in Canada and Mexico, but the exact numbers on these recalls are yet to be released from Honda.

Honda reported the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), explaining that a release lever may remain in the unlocked position unintentionally and may cause the seats to move unexpectedly. NHTSA released a document on its website saying that the flaw increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash.

Honda told NHTSA in a defect report that it had received 689 warranty claims as of December 16. Customers can go to Honda dealers who will install an additional bracket and spring to the second-row seats for free to rectify the defect. The company said it will start notifying the affected owners in February until then it doesn’t have an adequate number of parts to fix the issue.