Honda Recalls Half-Million Vehicles in US and Canada Due to Manufacturing Defect

Honda is recalling a half-million vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a manufacturing defect in the front seat belt buckle.[0] The seat belt buckle channel for the driver and front passenger seat belts were manufactured out of specification, causing an interference between the buckle channel and the release button.[1] This can result in issues with the seat belt buckle latching, leading to an increased risk of injury or death in the event of an accident.[2]

The recall covers some of Honda's top-selling models such as the 2017 through 2020 CR-V, the 2018 and 2019 Accord, the 2018 through 2020 Odyssey, the 2019 Insight, and the 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX.[3] Dealerships are replacing the front seat belt buckle release buttons or the buckle assemblies as necessary and owners of impacted models will begin being notified via letter starting on April 17.[4]

Honda also reported that, as of March 2, 2020, the automaker has received 301 warranty claims related to the issue between March 22, 2019, and January 16, 2020, with no reports of injuries or deaths related to this issue.[1]

0. “Honda recalling 500,000 vehicles to fix seat belt problem” WWAY NewsChannel 3, 15 Mar. 2023,

1. “Honda recall impacts CR-V, Accord, Odyssey models: Seatbelt issue” USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023,

2. “Honda announces recall of 500,000 vehicles over seat belt problems”, 15 Mar. 2023,

3. “Honda Recalling Half a Million Models Due to Seat Belt Issue” WLDS-WEAI News, 15 Mar. 2023,

4. “448,000 Acuras, Hondas Recalled for Seat Belt Buckles”, 15 Mar. 2023,

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