Honda Seat Belt Recall Affects Half-Million Vehicles

Honda is recalling 448,000 Honda CR-V, Accord, Oddessy, and Insight vehicles across the U.S. and Canada due to issues with the seat belt buckle latching.

“The seat belt buckle channel for the seat belt installed for the driver and front passenger seats was manufactured out of specification, causing interference between the buckle channel and the release button. With continuous use, the buckle channel surface coating may deteriorate over time, and the release button may shrink against the channel at low temperatures, increasing friction. This can result in issues with the seat belt buckle latching,” Honda stated in the company’s recall notice.

2018 Honda CR-V

Honda also added that, as of March 2, 2023, the automaker has received 301 warranty claims related to the issue between March 22, 2019, and January 16, 2023, with no reports of injuries or deaths related to this issue.

Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicles to an authorized Honda dealer.

The dealer will replace the driver and passenger front seat belt buckle release buttons. If necessary, the dealer will perform a buckle assembly replacement based on inspection results.

Owners who have paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement, in accordance with the recall reimbursement plan on file with NHTSA.

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