Honda recalls over 4,000 cars over child seat safety issue

Warren, MI – December 5, 2021 – Honda  (NYSE:HMC) has recalled 4,346 vehicles with a defective seat belt locking mechanism for securing children’s car seats.  The issue ups the risk of an injury to the child in the seat in an accident.

This is part of an ongoing recall with multiple manufacturers affected due to faulty parts supplied by Swedish-American manufacturer Autoliv.

The latest install includes includes the following models:

  • 2021 Honda Accord
  • 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid
  • 2021 Honda CR-V
  • 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid
  • 2022 Honda Insight
  • 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Recall summary  

The seat belt retractor is what tightens the belt. There are two types of retractors – an emergency one that only tightens when there is an accident and an automatic one – known as the automatic locking retractor (ALR) –  which will lock up once it is spooled out.  The ALRs is one of the two mechanisms used to secure a child seat. 

The recalled vehicles have faulty ALRs which may deactivate without the driver’s knowledge, leaving the child loosely secured.

The component in question is the “second row center seat belt assembly” with multiple part numbers including 82480TLAA012M1 and  82455TVAA111M1.

Recall risks

If the ALR deactivates, the child will be able to move around freely, increasing the risk of injury to the child in the seat.

Safety tips

For safety tips, please visit this article.

Not just a Honda seat belt recall

These faulty seat belt assemblies made their way into thousands of cars, causing recalls of several car brands including Volvo, RAM, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford, BMW and Audi.

Other Honda Accord recalls

The Honda Accord is currently under a pre-recall investigation over reports of steering failure. Honda also recently recalled 18 models, including the Accord,  with fuel pump issues.

The repair

Honda dealers will replace the second row center seat belt assembly with a new one free of charge. Honda will notify owners of the recall by mail starting on January 17, 2022. Any owners who noticed the problem and replaced the center seat belt assembly on their own dime may be eligible for reimbursement. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 4,300 vehicles are included in this Honda recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Rebecca RandHonda recalls over 4,000 cars over child seat safety issue

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