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Honda Pilots Have Defective Seatbelts
The front seat belts in over 300,000 Honda Pilots are prone to disconnection in a crash. As a result, Honda Motor Company announced a vehicle recall for Pilots sold between 2009 and 2011. In a Los Angeles Times report, Honda said the stitching in the seat belt that connects the belt to the anchor is poor. Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from the poorly manufactured seat belt.
This latest automobile recall comes on the heels of Honda issuing a recall of about 80,000 CR-V SUVs from the 2006 model year, and about 5,626 CR-Z hybrids from the 2011 model year. The CR-V had a defective power window master switch, and the CR-Z could roll backward unexpectedly.
In a 2010 New York Times report, Honda ranked third among automakers in vehicle recalls with 15 in 2010. Toyota had 17 recalls in 2010, and General Motors had 21 recalls in 2010. An automobile recall is “voluntary” when the automaker discovers a problem and informs the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it intends to recall the defective automobiles. Federal law requires automakers to recall a vehicle once they discover a problem.
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