A jury in Dallas recently determined that the seatbelt system in the 2011 Honda Odyssey is defective. The lawsuit claimed that the design of the seatbelt for the third-row middle seat was defective. The seatbelt design was a two-part system that required the rider to anchor the detachable shoulder strap from the ceiling of the van to the seat and then pull the belt across the users hips before it can buckle. Independent testing performed by an expert found that less than 10% of participants successfully operated the Honda Odyssey's two-part seatbelt system.
A jury in Dallas returned a $37.6 million verdict against Honda in February 2019 after a nine-day trial. The trial surrounded 27-year-old Sarah Millburn, who was left quadriplegic with only minimal use of her arms and hands after an accident in 2015. The crash occurred when Sarah was riding as an Uber passenger in a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan that was T-boned by a pickup truck.
Japanese automaker Honda is recalling 1.5 million recent Accord models globally to prevent engine fires after discovering a defect with the vehicle's battery system. Honda stated it had linked four reports of engine fires to the defect. The recall affects 1.15 million cars in the United States from the 2013 through 2016 model-year.
On July 14, 2017, Honda announced that it is recalling 1.5 million recent Accord models globally in response to a defect with the vehicle's battery system. The Japanese automaker reached this decision after investigating four reports of engine fires and linking them to the same defect.