The doors of our vehicles are such an overlooked facet of security while driving. They open, they close, they do as they should. But what happens when they don’t? Certainly a tremendous risk for accident and injury.

This is particularly true for the sliding doors of passenger vans. These family-sized vehicles are designed to haul all of the children from Point A to Point B with masterful safety. We can’t always have our eyes on both the road and our little ones; we require that our children are safe in the backseat during transport.

That’s what makes the most recent Honda Odyssey mass recall so critical. The Honda recall is intended to correct an issue with the power sliding doors of the vehicle. This recall affects both 2018 as well as 2019 models of the Odyssey, with numbers estimated around 108,000 vehicles in total.

The primary issue pointed to in the recall stems from the Odyssey’s power sliding doors. The rear latch assemblies are shown to be prone to sticking, which could potentially prevent the latches on the door from securely fastening to the strikers that hold the door in place when it is closed. When this portion of the latch sticks, there develops a chance that the sliding door can open while the vehicle is in motion. This could, of course, harm the passengers in the vehicle and result in severe injuries.

Due to the massive number of vehicles affected by this recall, Honda only initially had a limited stock of latch repair kits. However, they anticipate having several more out to dealerships by late December 2018 right after the recall goes into effect. Because of the safety risk associated with this recall, it is recommended that you still reach out to your local Honda dealership as they have been instructed to, at the request of the customer, temporarily disable the power sliding doors until more replacement latch kits come available. The process is simple for the technicians: they will pull certain fuses and disconnect the main power door button on the dashboard, a reversible fix that will render the doors manual for the time being.

The automaker states that they are not currently aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the recall, but it is recommended that you get the problem addressed as soon as possible to ensure your family’s security while operating your Honda Odyssey.

This is by far one of the largest recalls in recent years from Honda, but as recalls occur often it is recommended for vehicle owners to check for recalls regularly. Your vehicle may have one or more current recalls listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s site, so it’s recommended to follow the instructions below to figure out what open recalls stand for your vehicle and take the necessary steps to have the manufacturer correct the error on your vehicle.

The Details of the Honda Odyssey Recall

If you’re the owner of one of the following Honda vehicles, your car could very well be a part of the recall and you should take the necessary steps to follow-up with the manufacturer to see what steps are necessary to correct the latch assembly and power-sliding door malfunction. The list of vehicles includes certain 2018 Honda Odyssey minivans and 2019 Honda Odyssey minivans. Specifically, the models in question are:

  • 107,774 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey minivans produced between January 19, 2017 and April 16, 2018

Honda is said to have uncovered the problem and fixed it on the assembly line on April 17, 2018, so vehicles built after this date are not affected by the recall.

What’s the Reason for a Recall?

Certain components within the rear latch assembly of the power sliding door are prone to catching, which can result in the latches not securely connecting and lead to the door opening while the vehicle is in motion.

What Will the Fix Require From the Dealership?

Honda will start to notify affected owners on December 20, 2018, about the recall and how to get it corrected. The remedy itself is fairly simply; technicians at the dealership will inspect and replace the rear latch assemblies for both sliding doors. Should the replacement latch kits not be immediately available, the dealership will give vehicle owners the option to have the power sliding featured disabled until the parts are in stock (the doors will revert to manual operation for opening and closing).

What Will the Fix Require From the Vehicle Owner?

Only your time. Honda will perform the necessary software update at no cost to Honda vehicle owners at a local Honda dealership. Dealers have already been notified of the recall, but owners will not receive direct notification of the Odyssey recall until a first-class mail notice is sent this December.

How to Contact the Manufacturer to Learn if Your Vehicle is Part of the Recall

Owners of the aforementioned 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey’s should contact Honda at 888-234-2138. Owners can then contact their local Honda dealership to set up an appointment time to correct the recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number: 18V795

Honda’s Recall Numbers: Z33 and O36

How to Check to See If Your Vehicle Has an Open Recall Notice: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website will provide further information if your vehicle, whether it’s a Honda or other make, currently has an open recall notification that necessitates your attention to address it.

To search on the site, go to the recall page and type in the 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located on the lower left of your car’s windshield. You VIN may also be located inside the driver’s side door in some makes and models, as well as on your car’s registration card and occasionally shown on your vehicle insurance card.

Once you plug in your car’s 17-digit VIN on the NHTSA website, if a recall does not appear on the screen then your vehicle is currently free of any open recalls. However, automakers frequently issue safety recalls on vehicles. It is prudent for you to regularly check back on the site to see if your vehicle has any new open recalls that could be affecting the safety or performance of your motor vehicle.

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