Acura’s Frozen Seatbelts

I’ll admit it, the first time I see frost on my windshield I get a bit cranky. But it’s nothing compared to the tantrum some Acura seat belts are throwing. They simply refuse to move when the temperature gets frosty. They are freezing in place and prompting a safety recall.

The problem: When the temperature drops below zero, the driver and front passenger seat belts stop moving. Honda (parent company of Acura) hasn’t said what’s causing the problem but they are worried that frustrated owners will start driving without their belts rather than thawing them out with a hairdryer, busting out an ice chisel, or whatever else you need to do to make these things work again.

The recalled vehicles: 2014-2015 Acura MDX and 2014 Acura RLX. 43,000 vehicles in total.

Next steps: Acura planned to send out recall notices before the end of October, so if your car is involved you should have your notice within the next couple days. Even if you live in a place where the temperature doesn’t get that low I’d recommend still getting the repair. Who knows if it’s a warning sign of a deeper problem.

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