Honda Motor Co. has announced a recall of nearly 304,000 Accords and motorsport HR-V’s over a potentially dangerous seatbelt defect.
The Japanese automaker issued a recall for 243,000 2018 and 2019 Honda Accords, and nearly 61,000 2019 Honda HR-Vs due to a faulty seat belt anchor in the occupant’s seat. The recalled vehicles were built from July 2016 through June 2019.
According to Honda, the flaw in the cars could prevent the seat belt from restraining occupants during a crash. If not properly restrained in the event of an accident, occupants may be at a higher risk for injury.
Fortunately, Honda has said that it has not received any reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue. Honda dealers will replace the seat belt anchor at no cost to owners. Customers with recalled Accords will also have their interior trim re-installed if it is loose or if the airbag light is illuminated. The HR-V customers will have the seat belt replaced at no cost.
Honda has already started notifying owners of the recalled vehicles via mail. Honda urges all customers to take the recall seriously and have their vehicles fixed as soon as possible. Safety should always be taken seriously and it is important that all automakers take extra steps to ensure the safety of their customers.
The recall is expected to begin by the end of August 2019. For more information, be sure to contact your local authorized Honda dealership or call the Honda Automobile Customer Service at 1-888-234-2138.