It’s never easy to find out something you thought was objectively perfect has a fatal flaw. Honda is recalling over 800,000 Odyssey minivans due to faulty passenger seating that has resulted in around 46 reported injuries. According to the manufacturer, vehicles from the 2011-2017 model years may have second rows that latch improperly.
The solution? Honda says its working on that and will be issuing an official recall late next month, once it knows the best way to approach the repairs. In the meantime, it has provided step-by-step instructions on how to properly position the second row outer seats and confirm they are securely latched to the floor. The final step involves shaking the crap out of a seat to insure it does not tip forward.
If an owner follows the diagram religiously, there should be no problem. However, forgoing those steps could result the seat tipping forward under hard braking and risk injury to the person occupying it.
While safety recalls are never a good thing, Honda’s still coping with its $484 million settlement tied to Takata’s dangerously faulty airbag inflators. As of this fall, roughly 20 million vehicles possessing the units still needed fixing and a more-than-fair-slice of those belong to Honda. That number is expected to grow significantly by the end of 2018, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attempts to implement a plan that replaces the most dangerous examples first.
While Honda is, by no means, the only manufacturer affected by those recalls, it was among the hardest hit. The company has said it is doing everything in its power to expedite the process but, with so many vehicles involved, progress remains slow.