really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,805 miles

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problem #5

Jun 022006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Upon buying a 2002 Honda Odyssey, we expressed concern that the 2nd-row passenger-side seat belt would not lock at the shoulder/frame point (the device responsible for locking the seat belt in place so as to restrict feed and keep a passenger from flying forward.). this was necessary to properly anchor our infant/toddler safety seat. Three dealer employees tried to properly tighten the safety seat, but despite a metal safety-seat locking clip also being used, the seat belt still loosened up when the infant/toddler seat was jiggled. The dealer employees gave up claiming that 1-inch play between the toddler seat and the van seat was legal and promised the belt would lock in place in the event of an accident and my child would be safe. On this assurance, we left the dealership with the van. For over 3 years I tightened that seat belt anchoring the safety seat every week or two. I complained to the dealership at least twice during that time when the van was in for maintenance. They never checked it out, only told me not to worry as the seat belt would work properly if we were in an accident. The toddler seat was recently replaced with a child booster seat using the seat belt standard over the shoulder. On June 2, 2006, on impact with another car, that same shoulder-belt locking device did not engage. The feed to that seat belt was not restricted, and as a result of this failure to engage, my child, sitting in that 2nd row passenger van seat was thrown toward the front side seat (approximately 2-3 feet away). She hit the front seat face first with her booster seat now on top of her and was then thrown back, incurring numerous injuries. The vehicle is being held at the collision shop awaiting inspection by someone from your organization to examine the seat belt and, hopefully, determine why it failed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 192002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
The right rear seat belt has been replaced twice for tightening on a child. Now the middle rear seat belt buckle has come off.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 212004


  • 11,024 miles
When trying to remove her child from the booster seat, the seat belt became attached to his foot and it was impossible to unlatch the belt and it had to be cut off.

- Woodmere, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 232004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
3rd row passenger rear seat belt lock up, seatbelt will not retract. Seat beat was not buckled but a small child managed to get entagled in the seat belt. The seat belt cinched tighter when attempting to release seat belt around the child's abdomen to the point where the child had difficulty breathing. Seat belt could not be pulled down or retracted to release child from the seat belt. Seat belt had to be cut to release child.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202003


  • miles
The first failure resulted in the belt not retracting, the second failure resulted in the belt not locking after being retracted. (both incident occurred in the same seat)

- Smiths, AL, USA