Honda recalls 500,000 vehicles to fix seatbelt issues

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling 500,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada for front seat belts that may not latch properly.

The recall covers some of the automaker’s top-selling models, including the 2017-2020 CR-V, 2018-2019 Accord, 2018-2020 Odyssey, and 2019 Insight. It is intended for Also included are the 2019 and 2020 model year Acura RDX.

Honda said in a document released Wednesday by the U.S. safety regulator that the surface coating on the buckle’s channel can degrade over time. The release button contracts against the channel at low temperatures, increasing friction and preventing the buckle from latching.

Without the buckle, the driver and passenger cannot be restrained in the event of a collision, increasing the risk of injury.

Honda says there are no reports of injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace the front seat belt buckle release button or buckle assembly as needed. Owners will be notified by letter beginning April 17th.