If you own a 2018 or 2019 Honda Odyssey, you'll probably want to pay attention to this one and take immediate action. Back in late November, Honda announced that it had issued a safety recall for 107,000 minivans due to a serious latching issue.
While the last recall was due to faulty Takata airbag inflators, this recent one affects Odysseys from the 2018 and 2019 model year and is caused by faulty power sliding door rear latches that do not hold firmly in place. This may cause the door to open unexpectedly while driving. So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported.
Honda urged Odyssey owners affected by the problem to disable their power door function, until repairs are able to be made. Manual operation of the door will work before a more permanent solution is figured out and will ensure that passengers are kept safe.
At the moment, the Japanese car company is offering a fix, free of charge, in a limited capacity through December due to a lack of available repair kits. Owners should also expect to receive snail mail notifications by the end of the month.
To learn more about the American Honda recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall page (https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls) or call the vehicle safety hotline at (888) 234-2138.