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.
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
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
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.
If the third row seatbelt is trapped, the occupants may not be restrained properly, increasing the risk of injury.
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.
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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