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From Products Liability Law Daily, March 22, 2018

254K Honda Odysseys recalled to inspect seatback operation

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Honda has recalled around 254,568 2014-2016 Honda Odyssey vehicles. The second row outboard seats have a lever to fold the seatback and slide the seat forward to access the third row seats. Due to a manufacturing error, if the walk-in release lever is used to fold a fully-reclined left outboard seatback forward, the seatback may stay in the unlocked position (free-folding) or unexpectedly unlock without engaging the walk-in or recliner lever. According to the company, an unlocked second row left outboard seatback increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 18V170, Report receipt date: March 13, 2018).

Remedy. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will confirm proper operation of the second row left outboard seatback, 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. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2018.

Contact information. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is X0R. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Honda

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