2016 Honda Pilot front 3/4 view
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2016 Honda Pilot rear 3/4 view
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2016 Honda Pilot front 3/4 view
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2016 Honda Pilot rear 3/4 view
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2016 Honda Pilot side view
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2016 Honda Pilot front view
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2016 Honda Pilot rear view
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2016 Honda Pilot headlight
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2016 Honda Pilot grille
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2016 Honda Pilot side mirror
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2016 Honda Pilot taillight
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2016 Honda Pilot badge
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2016 Honda Pilot badge
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2016 Honda Pilot engine
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2016 Honda Pilot engine detail
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2016 Honda Pilot interior
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2016 Honda Pilot interior
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2016 Honda Pilot interior
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2016 Honda Pilot front seats
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2016 Honda Pilot rear seats
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2016 Honda Pilot steering wheel
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2016 Honda Pilot gauges
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2016 Honda Pilot navigation system
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2016 Honda Pilot infotainment system
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2016 Honda Pilot infotainment system
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2016 Honda Pilot infotainment system
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2016 Honda Pilot audio and climate controls
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2016 Honda Pilot drive mode controls
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2016 Honda Pilot rear entertainment system
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2016 Honda Pilot rear climate controls
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2016 Honda Pilot rear cargo area
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2016 Honda Pilot rear cargo area
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2016 Honda Pilot rear cargo area
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Just as the new model starts arriving at dealers, Honda is already recalling the 2016 Pilot in order to adjust the third-row seatbelt positioning in some of them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports this campaign covers 1,358 vehicles. However, Honda asserts that only a tiny number of owners actually need to bring their crossover into their dealerships for repair.

Honda discovered during quality checks at the factory that the third-row seatbelt could be trapped between the seat and the side of the vehicle. This could pose a safety issue to passengers back there. The affected examples have build dates between May 4, 2015, and June 5, 2015.

Because the 2016 Pilots were just launching when this problem was discovered most of them were still at the factory, in transit, or at dealers. According to Honda, only 269 of the affected examples actually made it to owners. The automaker got in contact with these customers to reposition the seatbelt. There are still 20 left that need to be checked, and this issue isn't responsible for any reported crashes or injuries.
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RECALL Subject : Rear Seatbelt May Be Trapped

Report Receipt Date: JUL 06, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V424000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,358
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA PILOT 2016
Details

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Honda Pilot vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to June 5, 2015. Due to an assembly issue, the third row seatbelt may be trapped between the rear seat and the rear sideliner.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the third row seatbelt is trapped, the occupants may not be restrained properly, increasing the risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the rear third row seat belt, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JS7.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Statement by American Honda Regarding Third Row Seatbelt Inspection Recall: 2016 Honda Pilot

Only twenty 2016 Pilot vehicles in customer hands require inspection at the time of this announcement

Third row seatbelts will be inspected and, if needed, repositioned

No related crashes or injuries have been reported

TORRANCE, Calif. – July 16, 2015 – Honda will voluntarily recall fewer than 1,700 model-year 2016 Pilot vehicles in the United States to inspect, and, if needed, reposition the third row seatbelts, free of charge. However, because only 269 of these new vehicles actually had been delivered to owners before Honda notified NHTSA and an inspection and repair process was available to dealers, Honda was able to quickly contact affected owners to schedule an inspection, and only 20 customer vehicles still require an inspection as of the date of this statement. Any vehicles in transit from the factory or in inventory at a Honda dealer have been or will be inspected and, if needed, repaired prior to sale.

During assembly of the third row seat and seatbelt, it is possible that the rear (third row) seatbelts could be trapped between the rear seat and the interior side panel. If a rear seatbelt is trapped, any occupant using the seatbelt may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered during factory quality inspections.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage the owners of the 20 remaining affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for inspection and, if needed, repair. All affected vehicles are eligible for inspection now, and owners of a 2016 Pilot can determine if their vehicles require inspection by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4. Mailed notification to owners of any remaining uninspected vehicles will occur within 60 days.

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