Front seatbelts on 450,000 Hondas may not latch, triggering recall

Front seatbelts on 450,000 Hondas may not latch, triggering recall


  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted notice that 448,613 Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled for front seatbelts that may fail to latch properly.
  • The problem affects the Acura RDX, Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid, CR-V, Insight, and Odyssey, along with all recalled vehicles in model years from 2018 to 2020.
  • Due to a manufacturing defect, the front seatbelt buckle channel may “interfere with the release button”, which would mean the seatbelt would not latch properly. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result.

Honda will recall nearly 450,000 vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 model years because the front seat belts may not buckle properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. The recall notice, filed through NHTSA, says there have been 301 warranty claims for the problem since early 2019, but no reports of injuries or deaths related to it.

Vehicles involved include the 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX, plus the 2018–2019 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid, 2017–2020 CR-V, 2019 Insight and 2018–2020 Odyssey.

The exact number of vehicles affected was not given for each model, though the total number being recalled is 448,613. As per the recall report, Honda began investigating the issue in 2019 and initially believed it could be caused by contraction in the seatbelt buckle channel due to low temperatures. Later, Honda decided that the problem may be “larger in scope” and related to the seatbelt buckle button. NHTSA documents say the fix would be to install a wider buckle release button. Owners who have already had their seatbelts fixed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement.

Dealers have already begun to be notified, and Honda will begin notifying vehicle owners on April 17. In the meantime, Acura and Honda owners can check the NHTSA recall website to see if their vehicle is included in the recall.

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