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Honda is recalling 500,000 vehicles to fix seat belt problem


DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling half a million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because front seat belts may not be properly latching.

The recall affects some of the automaker’s best-selling models, including the 2017 through 2020 CR-V, the 2018 and 2019 Accord, the 2018 through 2020 Odyssey, and the 2019 Insight. Also included is the Acura RDX from model years 2019 and 2020.

Honda says in documents posted Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators that the surface coating on the buckle channel could deteriorate over time. The release button can shrink against the channel at lower temperatures, increasing friction and stopping the buckle from locking.

If the buckle does not lock, a driver or passenger may not be restrained in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Honda says it has no reports of injuries caused by the issue.

Dealers will replace the front seat belt release buttons or buckles if necessary. Owners will be notified by letter from April 17.

Joanna Swanson

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