DETROIT (AP) – Honda is recalling half a million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the front seat belts may not fasten properly.
The recall affects some of the automaker’s best-selling models, including the 2017 to 2020 CR-V, the 2018 and 2019 Accord, the 2018 to 2020 Odyssey and the 2019 Insight. Also included are the 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX.
Honda says in documents released Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators that the surface coating of the buckle channel can deteriorate over time. In colder temperatures, the release button can compress against the channel, increasing friction and preventing the buckle from locking.
If the buckle is not engaged, the driver or passenger may not be restrained during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Honda says it has no reports of injuries caused by the problem.
If necessary, dealers will replace the front seat belt buckle release buttons or buckle assemblies. Starting April 17, owners will be notified by letter.
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