Honda is issuing a recall for almost 500,000 vehicles in the United States and 52,000 in Canada due to potential front seat belt malfunction. The recall affects several of Honda’s best-selling models, including the 2017-2020 CR-V, the 2018-2019 Accord, the 2018-2020 Odyssey, and the 2019 Insight. Additionally, the 2019-2020 Acura RDX is included in the recall.
Honda states that the surface coating on the seat belt buckle channel may degrade over time. Consequently, the release button can contract against the channel in colder temperatures, which increases friction and prevents the buckle from latching securely. This issue can pose a risk to occupants who may not be adequately restrained during an accident, increasing the likelihood of injury.
The automaker has not received any reports of injuries related to the problem. Dealerships will replace the front seat belt buckle release buttons or the entire buckle assembly if necessary. Vehicle owners will be notified by mail starting April 17.