Report: Feds receive nearly 180 Honda Odyssey seat complaints

(courtesy CNN)

CINCINNATI— A newspaper’s investigation after a teenage Ohio boy died trapped in a Honda Odyssey minivan found that federal regulators have received nearly 180 Odyssey seating complaints over the years.

Authorities say 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the foldaway rear seat flipped over, pinning him as he reached into the back.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says its investigation shows a quarter of Odyssey seating complaints involved stability, with one out of five stability complaints involving problems with third-row seats.

Honda said Wednesday it hasn’t received any direct claims of fatal injuries from “interaction with third-row seats” in 1999-2004 Odysseys

The newspaper reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it hasn’t found “any evidence of a vehicle safety defect trend.”

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