Honda recalls 347,000 Pilot sport utility vehicles due to front seat belts problem

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 12, 2011

Honda Motor Co. has issued the recall of nearly 347,000 Pilot sport utility vehicles throughout the globe for a possible problem with the front seat belts. Honda said that the recall, which covers vehicles produced in Lincoln, Ala., for model years 2009-2011, is due to the risk of injury from the driver or front passenger seat belts getting disconnected from the anchor webbing in an accident. Honda said that the problem has not resulted to any injuries or fatalities.

Honda said that the recall resulted from a manufacturing defect on a small group of front seat belts. The stitching that connects the lap section of the belt to the outboard anchor webbing could be incomplete or may even be missing.

Honda will start to give written notification to the Pilot owners in early October. Honda divulged that nearly 311,000 of the Pilot SUVs were located in the U.S. Another 10,000 are located in Canada while there are over 8,000 in Mexico and the rest are in other countries

Honda has recently had similar issues. In early September, Honda recalled around 960,000 Fit subcompacts and other models around the world to fix defects like malfunctioning power window switches.

Last August, Honda recalled almost 2.5 million cars, small SUVs and minivans globally to fix a software problem that may damage the automotive transmission. Consumer magazine Consumer Reports last month said it isn’t recommending the 2012 Honda Civic, making several industry analysts think that the automaker could have bigger problems.

The Honda Pilot is one of the elite sport utility vehicles that have helped make the crossover market a success by continually introducing vehicles that combine efficiency, ride comfort and beautiful interiors that SUVs typically lacked.

The Pilot has fully independent suspension and unit body construction, giving it better ride quality and top ratings when it comes to crash safety while also making it very spacious and fuel efficient. The first generation Pilot was so successful that its features such as the flexible interior, the standard third row seat, and decision-free 4WD were copied by competitors.

The second generation of the Honda Pilot enhanced the winning formula of the first Pilot by having a more athletic and rugged look, while also having better on-road driving experience and improved interior functionality. The concept behind the second generation Pilot was an “intelligent adventure vehicle" that also met the daily needs of a family that would be riding in it.

This Pilot had enough room for eight passengers, a more daring SUV look, and a more welcoming interior packaging mixed with state of the art technology. All of these helped the SUV in the areas of fuel efficiency, convenience, and safety.

The body

The Honda Pilot is built on the crossover SUV platform that makes way for the better handling, safety and packaging that you use on a car-based unit body design while retaining the ruggedness and characteristics of a SUV. It has a strong platform with isolated subframes for the front and back. The platform is the foundation of the Pilot’s many refined characteristics, including outstanding agility, handling, and ride comfort, as well as top-notch packaging efficiency and safety.

And even in the worst road conditions, you can rely on the outstanding traction that allows you to be safe in snow and rain. You can also enjoy the crossover on some off-road capabilities because of its maximum tow rating of 4,500 pounds for the four wheel drive models and the 8-inch ground clearance.

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