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Honda Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles for Seat Belt Issues

Certain Accord and HR-V models affected

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Honda recalled more than 300,000 Accord and HR-V vehicles due to faulty seat belts that may not properly restrain passengers when the cars brake hard or crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The seat belts’ pretensioners — the part that keeps occupants in place — may be missing the rivet the secures the quick connector and the wire plate, according to a safety recall report sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Only certain 2023 and 2024 models of Honda Accords and HR-Vs are affected. Honda estimates that just 1 percent of the vehicles have the seat belt defect, or an estimated 303,770 cars.

Although there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the issue, Honda has received seven warranty claims about the seat belts.

How to find out if your Honda was recalled

Drivers can provide their vehicle identification number (VIN) to Honda or the NHTSA or call the Honda customer service recall line at 888-234-2138 to find out if their car was recalled. The company also plans to mail notification letters to owners by Jan. 8, 2024. 

Owners of the affected cars will be asked to take their vehicle to an authorized Honda dealership for inspection and, if needed, a pretensioner replacement. Both the inspection and repair would be free of charge.

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