Honda has announced a recall of certain 2023-2024 Accord and HR-V models due to a defect in the front seat belt pretensioners. The issue, identified in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), involves a missing rivet that secures the quick connector and wire plate in the pretensioners. This component, which tightens seat belts during a crash, may not function correctly, potentially increasing the risk of injury.
The NHTSA traced the problem back to a manufacturing error and estimates that over 300,000 vehicles might be affected. As of November 16, Honda reported seven warranty claims related to this issue but no injuries or fatalities.
Honda dealerships will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seat belt pretensioner assembly at no cost to vehicle owners. Those who have already incurred expenses for this repair can apply for reimbursement. According to Honda, it is anticipated that less than 1% of the recalled vehicles will require a replacement, with most only needing an inspection.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will receive notification letters starting January 8, 2024. Replacement parts are expected to be available at dealerships by the end of January. However, vehicle owners can currently visit authorized Honda dealers for the inspection.