Honda Motor Co announced on Thursday that it will be issuing a voluntarily recall of some 650,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. this year.

What is the technical issue that prompted the recall?

In some instances second row seats may not stay locked during a car crash for models years 2011 through 2016. According to the Honda communications team, the issue is with the mechanism used to allow the outboard second row seat to tilt and slide forward for easier access to third row seating. In certain circumstances the seat may not properly lock into place after being moved back to its normal position. The un-locked seat increases the risk of injury to passengers seated in the second row. Until repairs are made, Honda recommends that owners manually lock the seat back into position after using the walk-in feature by pushing down on the horizontal position adjustment bar. According to Honda’s U.S. division, no injuries or crashes have been reported due to this issue.

When will Honda Odyssey owners be notified of the recall?

The recall will happen in two phases. The large recall is for model years 2011 through 2015 and includes 634,000 minivans. The small 12257804 - honda motor companyrecall of approximately 7,600 minivans is for model year 2016. A smaller number of Odyssey minivans will also be recalled in both the Canada and Mexico markets but numbers are not yet available.

If you own a Honda Odyssey affected by the larger recall, you can expect a letter from Honda in mid-February. Owners of the 2016 model will be notified by the end of January.

Additional second-row seat slide springs and brackets will be installed in affected minivans at no charge but will not be available until spring. After installation, an authorized Honda dealer will inspect the latch mechanism and adjust it, if necessary, to ensure proper operation.

If you don’t want to wait for your recall letter, you may use this link or call 888-234-2138 to determine whether your Odyssey minivan is part of the recall and will require repair.

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