CINCINNATI (AP) — A newspaper’s investigation after an Ohio teenager died while 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 third-row seat flipped over, pinning him as he reached into the back of the 2004 minivan.
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.”