Honda recalls 2018 Odyssey
2018 Honda Odyssey

Honda is recalling 107,000 of its 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans because its power sliding doors may not latch properly, raising the possibility that they could open while the vehicle is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to Honda, some components in the power sliding door’s rear latch assembly are prone to sticking, which can stop the front and rear latches from securely connecting. This problem affects the left and right power sliding doors, Honda says.

Honda says its dealers have a limited supply of latch repair kits, but it anticipates having more in stock by late December. (The recall is scheduled to start Dec. 20.) If a dealer can’t get a repair kit, Odyssey owners can temporarily disable the power sliding doors until parts become available. To disable the power sliding function, a dealer technician can pull certain fuses and disconnect the main power door button on the dashboard, a Honda spokesman wrote to CR in an email.

This would be done only at a customer’s request, would be documented on the repair order, and would require the owner to take the vehicle back to the dealer when repair parts become available, the spokesman said. Those doors can be operated manually in those cases.

The automaker says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. 

The Details

Vehicles involved: 107,774 of the 2018 and 2019 Honda Odyssey minivans, built from Jan. 19, 2017, through April 16, 2018.

The problem: Some components in the power sliding door’s rear latch assembly are prone to sticking, which can stop the front and rear latches from securely connecting.

The fix: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right power sliding door rear latch assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 20, 2018, when Honda will notify owners by mail.

How owners can contact the automaker: Owners may contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are Z33 and O36.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V795.

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