The Weekly Driver

Website • Podcast • Newsletter

Established 2004

Honda orders massive recall of Honda Odyssey minivan

The 2016 Honda Odyssey has automatic sliding side doors.

A recall and a stop-sale order has been issued for the Honda Odyssey minivan for two separate issues by American Honda. The recall affects 641,302 vehicles built between Aug. 17, 2010 and Oct. 24, 2016.

The majority of the recall, covering 633,753 minivans built between Aug. 17, 2010 and Oct. 1, 2015, involves a faulty seat mechanism.

The 2016 Honda Odyssey has automatic sliding side doors.
The 2016 Honda Odyssey has automatic sliding side doors. Image © James Raia/2016

In a statement, the automaker said one of the recalls involves a mechanism that “allows the outboard second row seats to tilt and slide forward for access to the third row seating area may not properly lock the seat into place when the seat is returned to its normal position,” which increases the risk of injury to passengers seated in the second row.

The 2016 Honda Odyssey was selected on the 10th annual TheWeeklyDriver.com’s best cars of the year list. The Honda Odyssey was also chosen on the end-of-the-year list by the website in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue, Honda reported. The issue was discovered through warranty claims.

Dealerships will install additional brackets and springs to both second row outboard seats. Honda said that the necessary parts will not be available until spring 2017 because of the large volume of new parts needed.

Honda will begin notifying affected Odyssey owners in mid-February and again when parts become available.

The automaker said that until the repair has been made, owners should “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.”

Separately, a noncompliance recall was issued for certain 2016 Odysseys. It covers 7,549 Odysseys built between Sept. 23, 2016, and Oct. 24, 2016.

In this recall, Honda said, the latch mechanism that allows the second-row center seat to slide forward and rearward “may not properly lock the seat into place when the seat adjustment handle is released, increasing the risk of injury to passengers seated in the second row.”

The automaker will begin notifying affected Odyssey owners in late January.
Honda dealerships will inspect the latch mechanism and adjust it to ensure proper operation, if needed, the automaker said.

The issue was discovered during internal quality checks and no crashes or injuries have been reported because of it, Honda said.

The Odyssey’s U.S. sales fell 4.7 percent to 110,435 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2016.

Subscribe!

To get our weekly newsletter with automotive news and commentary delivered to your email inbox.