Honda is recalling 1,700 2016 Pilot sport utilities to inspect and, if needed, replace or reposition third-row seatbelts. Only 269 of these vehicles have been delivered to customers before Honda notified the NHTSA and instilled an inspection/repair process at dealerships. Vehicles currently on dealership lots are certified as inspected/repaired before sale to customers.
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 says only 20 vehicles in owner’s hands have not been inspected or repaired.