The 2023-2024 Honda Accord and HR-V fashions are being investigated for a potential defect in the preload assemblies. The affected autos have been manufactured between October 4, 2022 and October 14, 2023. The problem was first recognized by Honda on May 23, after which an investigation was launched.
The preload items in query have been manufactured by Mexico-based producer Joyson Safety Systems. This firm is the successor to Key Safety Systems, which took over Takata, the Japanese firm infamous for defective airbag inflators that led to its downfall in 2017.
Interestingly, these defective airbags have been additionally manufactured in Mexico by Takata’s subsidiary, TK Holdings Inc.
Honda’s investigation of the autos revealed that the pretensioner assemblies have been lacking rivets that connected the wire plates to the fast couplers.
When Honda filed this recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been seven guarantee claims associated to this problem in the United States. Dealers have been instructed to examine the entrance seat belt pretensioner assemblies and substitute them if mandatory.
Honda estimates that just one % of the recalled autos would require alternative of the entrance seat belt pretensioners.
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