WASHINGTON - Honda Motor Co. and Subaru of America announced major recalls Saturday, collectively calling back more than 800,000 vehicles.
Honda said it is recalling 310,773 2009-2011 Pilot SUVs over some faulty driver and passenger seat belts. Honda said the seat belt anchor webbing may not have been properly completed during sewing and the seat belt anchor could detach, reported The Detroit News.
Honda said the first claim occurred in May 2010 of a seat belt anchor detaching and a second claim was made in July, prompting an investigation and recall. Honda will notify owners starting next month and dealers will replace the seat belts if necessary.
Subaru said it was issuing two recalls covering about 400,000 recalls. One covers 300,000 vehicles sold or registered in 20 states — including Michigan, Ohio, New York — and Washington, D.C., to replace potentially rusty brackets on the underside of the vehicles.
The recall covers the 2002-2007 Impreza, 2003-2008 Forester and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x. Subaru said it had reviewed complaints of front lower control arms broken at hanger brackets due to corrosion caused by road salt.
Dealers will inspect the front lower control arms and will rust-proof them or replace them with new ones. Owners will be notified by early November.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation into the issue in April after receiving seven complaints, including two failures on the highway at high speeds.
The second recall covers 195,000 2010-2011 Legacy and Outback to replace the windshield wiper bottom cover, which could catch fire or stop working.
Subaru said it received a complaint of smoke from a wiper motor in January and began an investigation. Owners will be notified by November.