Complaints about Honda Odyssey Third-Row Seat Problems Continue
Honda is recalling about 107,000 of its 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans because its power sliding doors may not latch properly increasing the possibility of the doors opening while the vehicle is in motion. According to Consumer Reports, some components in the power sliding door’s rear latch assembly are prone to sticking, which can stop the front and rear latches from connecting securely. This affects the left and right power sliding doors.
Details of the Recall
Honda says its dealers have a limited supply of latch repair kits, but it anticipates having more stock by late December. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 20. If a dealer cannot get a repair kit, Odyssey owners can temporarily disable the power sliding doors until the parts become available. In order to disable the power sliding function, a dealer technician can pull certain fuses and disconnect the main power door button on the dashboard.
This would be done only if a customer requests it. The doors can also be manually operated. Honda has said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries relating to this problem. This recall involves about 107,774 of the 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans manufactured from Jan. 19, 2017 through April 16, 2018. When the recall begins on Dec. 20, dealers will replace the left and right power sliding door rear latch assemblies free of charge.
How Vehicle Owners Can Act
If you have any questions about your vehicle, contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are Z33 and O36. NHTSA’s campaign number is 18V795. You can check if your vehicle has an open recall by going to NHTSA’s website and plugging in your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN. With any safety recall, it is important that you take the recalled vehicle to the dealer and get the free repairs done as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle defect, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities and past and future pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.