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Honda recalls vans with dangerously faulty sliding doors

Japanese auto manufacturing giant Honda has been plagued over the past couple of months with recalls of its popular Accord and Insight models over software problems with backup cameras. At the time, the company also said it was recalling 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators.

Now Honda is recalling 107,000 Odyssey minivans because the power sliding doors might not latch properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the doors could open while the vans are in motion.

The automaker says some parts in the sliding doors' rear latch assembly have problems with sticking. The issue with the left and right power sliding doors can in turn stop both front and rear latches from properly connecting.

Honda says dealers have a limited number of latch repair supplies, but that it expects to have more by the end of this month. It says if a dealer doesn't have a latch repair kit, Odyssey owners can disable the power sliding doors until repair supplies are bolstered.

A Honda spokesperson said dealers can, upon a customer's request, disable the doors by pulling fuses and disconnecting the door activation button on the dashboard.

In an unrelated announcement, Volvo said that it's recalling 17,548 vehicles with Telematics and Driver Support Systems software flaws. According to Consumer Affairs, these are the recalled vehicles: XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60 and the V90 Cross Country. The defect prevents vehicle GPS systems from providing vehicle location information to emergency personnel after a crash.

Note: in a time of constant recalls, many consumers find that dealers balk at accepting returns of unacceptably flawed vehicles. Contact an attorney experienced in litigation related to dealer fraud, lemon laws and unfair trade practices to discuss your legal options.

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