Honda Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Due to Seat Belt Issues

On Sunday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted that Japanese automaker Honda has recalled another batch of vehicles.

Honda has requested the return of 303,770 2023-2024 Accords and HR-Vs for checking. The two vehicles have been found to be missing a critical seat belt part, which increases the injury risk for passengers.

The carmaker has informed owners to take their automobiles to a dealer for inspection. If the mechanics detect an issue with the seat belt pre-tensioner assembly, they will replace it for free.

According to the Associated Press, Honda expects less than 1.00% of the inspected vehicles to require a replacement. The company added that there were no reported deaths or injuries related to the issue as of November 16.

Owners of the Accord or HR-V can check whether their vehicle is included in the recall through Honda’s website. They only need to enter their personal Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to view a list of potential issues, if any.

Alternatively, they can call Honda’s recall hotline at 1-888-234-2138 to inquire. A query can also be made on NHTSA’s website or by calling its Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Honda will send notification letters to relevant owners by snail mail starting January 8 next year, according to NHTSA.

NHTSA Stresses Tumultuous Year for Honda

NHTSA highlighted Honda’s turbulent year with a series of vehicle recalls totaling 15 this year.

Prior to the recall of its Accord and HR-V, Honda had issued a recall order for 248,999 vehicles on November 20.

Nearly a quarter million cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans across Acura and Honda brands are at risk of engine damage. The problem stemmed from improperly ground crank pins on specific V-6 engines that can result in a sudden stall.

Before the most recent announcement, Honda’s vehicle recall list included the 2015-2020 Acura TLX and 2016-2020 Acura MDX. It also comprised the 2016 and 2018-2019 Honda Pilot, the 2017 and 2019 Honda Ridgeline, and the 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey.

The move has prompted the NHTSA to recommend adopting more stringent quality control measures to meet the minimum safety standards.

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