Honda recall 2023 marks an important drawback for the company as the front seat belts on 500,000 Honda vehicles in the US and Canada could not latch properly.
Some of the automaker’s best-selling models are included in the recall, including the 2017–2020 CR–V, 2018–2019 Accord, 2018–2020 Odyssey, and 2019 Insight. The Acura RDX from the 2019 and 2020 model years is also included.
Why did Honda recall 2023 happen?
In order to remedy the seat belts on more than 448,000 cars, SUVs, and minivans, Honda and Acura have issued a recall. The 2017–2020 Honda CR-V SUV, the 2018–2019 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid sedans, the 2018–2020 Honda Odyssey minivan, the 2019–2020 Honda Insight sedan, and the 2019–2020 Acura RDX SUV are among the models that have been recalled.
The front seat belt buckles may not lock properly as a result of a manufacturing flaw; this condition gets worse with wear. As a result, passengers may not be properly restrained and may be at higher risk of suffering injuries in an accident.
In documents made public by US safety inspectors on Wednesday, Honda claims that the surface coating on the buckling channel can erode over time. At lower temperatures, the release button may contract against the channel, causing friction and preventing the buckle from latching.
A driver or passenger may not be secured in a collision if the buckle doesn’t lock, which increases the risk of injury. Honda recall 2023 happened because the US safety inspectors rendered the issue as an important case and as a result of the decision, the defective seat belt parts will be replaced at no cost by Honda and Acura dealerships. There are specific models that require the replacement of defective seat belts. Here is the list of vehicles that are currently recalled:
• Acura RDX SUVs manufactured between March 22, 2018, and May 16, 2019.
• Honda Accord sedans manufactured between Sept. 21, 2017, and June 12, 2019.
• Honda Accord Hybrid sedans manufactured between March 19, 2018, and April 30, 2019.
• Honda CR-V SUVs manufactured between Nov. 10, 2016, and Dec. 18, 2019.
• Honda Insight sedans manufactured between March 27, 2018, and March 19, 2019.
• Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured between May 2, 2017, and July 12, 2019.
“The seat belt buckle channel for the driver and front passenger seat belts were manufactured out of specification, causing interference between the buckle channel and the release button,” Honda said in the report. “The buckle channel surface coating may deteriorate over time, and the release button may shrink against the channel at low temperatures, increasing friction.”
Although the Honda recall 2023 and the replacement of seatbelts won’t cause the company much financial damage, the lack of security in its production system will most probably result in a decrease in customer trust. As automobile companies are racing each other in different improvements, such a setback undoubtfully will hurt Honda. If you want to keep track of the news from the automobile sector, make sure to check out our articles below.