Honda recalling 641,302 Odysseys for second row latch issues

The fix won't be ready for a few months.

The Basics: Honda is recalling a total of 641,302 Odyssey minivans built between for two separate issues that both involve the locking mechanism for the sliding second-row seats. This mechanism allows the second row to move forward in order to gain access to the third row. The problem affects Odysseys from model year 2011 to 2016. According to Automotive News, Honda has issued a stop-sale until the fix is ready. This is all ahead of the next-generation Odyssey's debut next month.

The Problem: Two recalls - one for the outboard seats and one for the center seat - have been issued to fix an issue where the seats fail to lock back in place after being slid forward. The concern is that the seats could come loose and cause injury in the event of an accident. The outboard seat issue affects vehicles built from August 17, 2010 to October 1, 2015 while the center seat issue can be found on Odysseys built from September 23, 2016 to October 24, 2016.

Injuries/Deaths: No injuries or deaths have been attributed to either recall. The issue with the outboard seats was discovered when analyzing warranty claims while the center seat issue was discovered through internal quality checks.

The fix: Honda will notify affected owners late next month. Unfortunately, due to the large number of affected vehicles, parts won't be ready for a few months. For the outboard seats, Honda dealers will install an additional bracket and spring. For the center seat, Honda dealers will install a new adjustment bar.

If you own one: Wait for Honda to notify you that a fix is ready. Until then, Honda recommends that owners manually lock the seat by pushing down on the adjustment bar. Owners can determine if their Odyssey is affected by going to or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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