Honda recalls vehicles with defective seat features

Torrance, Calif. – April 19, 2018 – American Honda Motor Company has recalled more than 5,800 vehicles potentially equipped with defective seat features, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models across two brands, including:
  • 2018 Acura MDX sport utility vehicles produced Jan. 10, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Pilot sport utility vehicles produced between Jan. 2, 2018, and Jan. 20, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks produced between Jan. 12, 2018, and Jan. 19, 2018.
The Japanese automaker is unsure exactly how many of the vehicles referenced in the action actually contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected vehicles vehicles driver and front passenger with improperly machined rivets connecting the seat slide rails to the seat feet. These fixtures could brake in the event of an accident, allowing the front driver and passenger seats to separate from the vehicle floor. The defective rivets not only pose a serious safety hazard to occupants but also violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 207 and 210. The former requires vehicle manufacturers to install secure seating systems, while the latter mandates the use of fixed restraint assemblies.
Honda has not received reports connecting the defective rivet to any injuries. However, the connectors were involved in one accident.
Timeline of Events
A tier-one vendor contacted the car company Jan. 11, 2018, after learning of an accident during which the rivets holding the front seat side rails in place in a Honda vehicle failed. The automaker launched an internal investigation in response. Engineering personnel concluded this inquiry Feb. 6, 2018, finding that AKKO Fastener, the supplier responsible for producing the rivets used within Honda front seat assemblies, had improperly machined the connective fixtures. Specifically, AKKO had deployed out-of-specification production tools, used too much material and relied upon deficient quality controls. Honda then embarked on an administrative review to understand the breadth of the impact of the production error.
On Feb. 21, 2018, AKKO completed an internal investigation into the mismachined rivets, while Honda and its other suppliers launched new downstream inquires.
The automaker reviewed the matter in its entirety March 29, 2018, and determined that a voluntary safety recall was required. Honda notified dealers of the forthcoming action April 6, 2018.
The Solution
Honda has directed dealers to replace the driver seat frame assemblies in affected Acura MDX SUVs and swap out both the driver and passenger seat assemblies in recalled Honda Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Dealership technicians are to make these repairs free of charge.
The automotive company intends to notify owners via first-class mail May 18, 2018. Those in need of more immediate assistance can reach out to Honda customer service personnel by calling (888) 234-2138. Callers should use the internal recall identification codes D0S and T0T. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
Sean ReyesHonda recalls vehicles with defective seat features