Many San Diego families rely on minivans to transport children to and from
school, sports, and other activities. That’s why it is particularly
concerning that Honda is recalling nearly 650,000 Odyssey minivans.
According to a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), the minivan recall includes certain model year 2011-2016 Odyssey
vehicles manufactured August 17, 2010, to October 1, 2015.
The defective minivans have second row seats that have a release lever
that allows the seats to move for easier access to the third row of seats.
However, this release lever may remain in the unlocked position allowing
the seats to move unexpectedly. As acknowledged by Honda, the defect "increases
the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash."
USA Today reports, Honda maintains that it is not aware of any injuries associated with
the auto safety recall. However, consumers have filed several complaints
with NHTSA regarding the defect.
In one complaint, the owner of a 2011 Odyssey reported that the seat that
held their children came detached during a crash. “Our son was thrown
into the back of the driver’s seat and suffered injuries to his
face and body,” the owner stated. In another complaint, pressing
the brakes while traveling at 35 mph caused the rear passenger seat to
flip forward while it was occupied by a child. The owner of a 2014 Odyssey
wrote: “My children several times have had the seat move and almost
choke them when we came to a complete stop.”
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional bracket
and spring to both second row outboard seats, free of charge. The recall
began on January 23, 2017.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm due to a dangerous
or defective motor vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to protect your legal
rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.