More than 300,000 vehicles are covered by the campaign
Honda is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in the United States because their seat belts may be missing a critical component.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2023 and 2024 Accord and HR-V models can be equipped with front seat belt pretensioners without the rivet that “secures the quick-release connector and wire plate.” The regulator says the installation of a rivet was skipped during assembly and the resulting components may not properly restrain occupants in the event of a collision.
This increases the risk of injury, and the regulator has confirmed that the vehicles do not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
The components were manufactured by Joyson Safety Systems, and Honda first became aware of the problem in May. The automaker received the affected parts in September and began an investigation that ultimately led to the recall. Honda has received seven warranty claims related to this issue, but they are not aware of any injuries or deaths.
Owners will be contacted and asked to take the vehicle to a Honda dealer who will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seat belt pretensioner assembly. Honda estimates that only 1% of the 303,770 recalled vehicles have the defect, but that's still about 3,038 units.