Seat Defect Prompts Recall of Nearly 255,000 Honda Odyssey Minivans

Second row outboard seat occupants face a higher risk of injury in the event of a crash

Seat Defect Prompts Recall of Nearly 255,000 Honda Odyssey Minivans
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March 22, 2018

A seat defect caused by a manufacturing error has led to the recall of nearly 255,000 model year 2014-2016 Honda Odyssey minivans.

What's the problem?

The second row outboard seats on these vehicles have a lever to fold the seatback and slide the seat forward to access the third row seats.

Because of an error during the manufacturing process, if the walk-in release lever is used to fold a fully reclined left outboard seatback forward, that seatback may stay in the unlocked position (free-folding) or unexpectedly unlock without engaging the walk-in or recliner lever.

If the seatback is unlocked, the seat occupant faces a higher risk of injury in the event of a crash.

What happens next?

Honda will notify owners of the affected Odyssey minivans beginning in late April 2018. Honda dealers will confirm proper operation of the second row left outboard seatback on each recalled vehicle and install a support bracket to the seat recliner.

If the seatback cannot lock, dealers will replace the seatback frame assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge to vehicle owners.

Those with additional questions about this recall can reach Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138—use recall reference number X0R.