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Honda Recalls 690K Odyssey Minivans; Seats Deemed Unstable

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Minivan Seats Deemed Unstable; Honda Recalls 690K Vehicles

At the end of December Honda recalled 686,463 Odyssey minivans in North America over concerns that the second-row seats can come loose in an accident. Some consumers have even reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that they have experienced their seats shifting while simply braking. The NHTSA stated that the defect “increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash.” But at the time of the recall no injuries were reported, although Honda has received 689 warranty claims relating to the issue. The minivans in question were assembled from August 17, 2010 through October 1, 2015 and sold under models years 2011 to 2016.

Honda admitted to first receiving a complaint of the faulty second-row seats in January of 2011, but they claimed to not be able to understand the reason for the problem, so they did nothing thinking it was a one off.  In Honda’s 2016 report to NHTSA the automaker claims to not have learned of another complaint until January 2015, but the NHTSA website contains consumer complaints dating back to 2014. Honda said they were able to recreate the complaint over the summer of 2015, but just one time. So they continued to monitor the situation, but again the automaker did nothing.

Almost a year later, Honda sent notices to dealers inquiring about complaints relating to the defect. But not until November 2016 did Honda learn how to reproduce the problem with consistency, which they determined was caused by “grease hardening under specific temperature and humidity ranges, along with the surface roughness of the parts.” There is no evidence that the NHTSA ever opened a probe to investigate the complaints that the second-row seats, designed to move forward to access the third-row, may not lock when returned to their intended position. Six years after receiving the first complaint, Honda finally recalled the minivans.

Honda Odyssey Recalls

 

Every model year Odyssey from 2002 to 2016 has now been affected by a recall. Earlier in 2016, the 2002, 2003, & 2004 model year Odyssey minivans were among the millions of Honda vehicles recalled over their defective Takata airbag inflators. In 2014, U.S. authorities recalled nearly 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans (2005 to 2010 model years) because the minivans were leaking fuel that could catch fire. The year before another 344,000 (model year 2007 & 2008) Odyssey minivans were recalled because of a faulty sensor that could cause the brakes to turn on at random.

Owners of a recently recalled Odyssey will have their second-row seats secured with an additional bracket and spring free of charge. Honda said they will contact consumers in February, but authorities say that the necessary parts are not expected to be available for months. In the meantime, Odyssey drivers are being told to make sure that their second-row seats are locked in place with the horizontal adjustment bar.

To see if your Honda Odyssey has been recalled please visit: http://consumerwatch.com/vehicle-recall-checker-by-vin-check-vehicle-recalls/

To file a complaint with the NHTSA see: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

 

URGENT: Takata Recall Update

Federal safety regulators announced more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras should not be driven until their Takata airbags are replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said new tests show these airbags have a much higher risk of exploding and killing a driver or passenger. These airbags have a 50% chance of exploding when they are deployed in an accident, according to the agency. Other Takata airbags have less than a 1% chance of exploding.

Cars located in humid regions of the country such as Texas, Florida and the Gulf Coast are at particular risk.

The models identified by NHTSA include: 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilot.






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2001-2003 Honda/Acura Takata Airbag PSA

A new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Corey Burdick, one of many victims of defective Takata airbags that have been recalled.

“The federal government just issued an urgent warning to consumers about certain 2001/2002 Honda vehicles with defective airbags,” Newsome can be seen saying in the PSA. “The warning told consumers not even to drive their vehicles until they have taken it into a dealership to make sure that if they have a defective airbag, it has been replaced.”

Takata, whose airbags can be found in one in every five cars on the road in the United States, has come under Congressional scrutiny for intentionally putting forward a product which executives knew was defective. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has stated that the current Takata airbag recall may reach upwards to 250 million vehicles worldwide.

In the educational PSA, a disfigured Burdick speaks into the camera stating, “I lost my eye because of a defective airbag…take your car in today so that this doesn’t happen to you.”

Corey Burdick’s life was forever changed on May 29, 2014 when he was involved in a minor traffic incident while driving to work in Lake County, Florida. During the minor incident, the Takata airbag in his 2001 Honda Civic ejected sharp metal shrapnel into his right eye, leaving him disfigured and permanently blind in that eye.

Burdick later found out that his Civic had been previously recalled multiple times for the dangerous airbag defect. Unfortunately, Burdick never received notice of the recall. As a result, Burdick, his wife, and their two young children are now forced to live with permanent and needless injuries he suffered as a result of the shrapnel defect.






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The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

Takata Update, Takata News, Deployed Airbag, Takata Airbag Scandal, Takatagate, Florida Airbag Attorney, Orlando Airbag Lawyer, Orlando Product Liability Lawyers

Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, […]

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Honda Issues Recall For Over 200,000 Vehicles To Fix Shift Mechanism

One week after Honda recalled approximately 561,000 automobiles, the manufacturer issued a new recall that affects another 200,000.  Some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, including Honda, announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles last week because of defective airbags that have been linked back to the Japan-based Takata Corporation.  Honda’s most recent recall, however, involves problems with the automaker’s shift-interlock sys






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Continental Tires Recalling 1,700 Tires Commonly Used With Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

 Honda Power Sports touts the Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle as a bike that “can make your riding dreams come true” as it represents the height of luxury to enthusiasts looking to combine their loves of riding with long-distance travels. From comfortable seating for two to high end technological spoils that include XM radio, iPod docking and a navigation system, the Gold Wing touring cycle really packs everything in to make the $23,000 retail price worthwhile.






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Honda Begins 2013 The Same Way 2012 Ended With Recall Of Pilots And Odysseys

To say that 2012 was a bad year for Honda would be an understatement, as the major automobile manufacturer announced a variety of major recalls involving some of the world’s most popular vehicle models. Honda was second to only Toyota in the number of recalls in the U.S. in 2012, as defects involving the Civic, Pilot, Odyssey and Accord, among others, anchored what was a rather forgettable year for the Japanese company.






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Honda Recalling 807,000 SUV’s and Minivans after Reports of Runaway Risk

Last year, Honda Motor Corp. announced two simultaneous recalls of more than 1 million vehicles over concerns of fire hazards caused by defective master switches in the power window systems, as well as software issues in hybrid vehicles that could have potentially caused vehicles to suddenly move in the opposite direction of what the driver intended.






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Honda Announces Delay In Recall Of More Than 625,000 Accords And Acuras

When it comes to reporting on automobile recalls and manufacturing defects, only one side of the story is usually told – the problem with the vehicles. What is typically ignored is just how many people actually realize that their car is affected by a potentially dangerous issue and that they need to either contact the company or dealership and have their car repaired. After all, automobile recalls are only effective if they reach the consumers. But what would happen if a car company announced a massive recall and the response rate was 100%?






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