JK7 JK8 – Safety Recall: Front Seatbelts Will Not Extend or Retract Properly in Extremely Cold Weather – 2014-2015 Acura MDX & 2014 RLX

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V639
Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Components SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected 43,481

 

Front Seat Belts Not may not Function in Cold

A seatbelt that does not function increases the risk of injury in a crash.

 

Summary

American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013.

In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures.

 

Remedy

Honda has notified owners, and dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belts, free of charge.

The recall began in November 2014.

Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238.

Honda’s number for this recall is JK7 for the MKX, and JK8 for the RLX.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

Check if your Acura has a Recall

 

B14-038
February 27, 2015

00236-01580 Version 3

 

Safety Recall: Front Seatbelts Will Not Extend or Retract Properly in Extremely Cold Weather

Supersedes 14-038, dated December 18, 2014, to revise the information highlighted in yellow

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Year Model Trim VIN Range
2014–15 MDX ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility
2014 RLX ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility

 

REVISION SUMMARY

Under PARTS INFORMATION, a note was added.

 

BACKGROUND

In extremely cold weather, -4º F (-20º C), interference in the front seat belt retractor mechanism may not allow the front seat belt to extend or retract properly.

 

CLIENT NOTIFICATION

Owners of affected vehicles will receive a notification of this campaign.

Do an iN VIN status inquiry to make sure the vehicle is shown as eligible.

Some vehicles affected by this campaign may be in your used vehicle inventory. These vehicles must be repaired before they are sold.

Should your dealership sell an unrepaired vehicle that subsequently causes injury or damage because of the recalled item, the dealership will be solely responsible to the damaged party, and will be required to defend and indemnify American Honda for any resulting claims. To see if a vehicle in inventory is affected by this recall, do a VIN status inquiry before selling it.

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Replace both front seat belt tensioners/E-pretensioners.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

NOTE: Make sure that you order parts by VIN to ensure that you receive the correct part for the applicable trim and color.

Part Name Color Part Number Quantity
Pillar Clip (MDX only) 91561-TA5-A01 2
MDX Driver’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Base
SH-AWD
Tech
Tech SH-AWD
Tech with Entertainment
Tech with Entertainment SH-AWD
Sandstorm 04818-TZ5-A00ZA 1
Light Jewel Gray 04818-TZ5-A00ZB 1
Premium Black 04818-TZ5-A00ZC 1
Eucalyptus 04818-TZ5-A00ZD 1
MDX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Base
SH-AWD
Tech
Tech SH-AWD
Tech with Entertainment
Tech with Entertainment SH-AWD
Sandstorm 04814-TZ5-A00ZA 1
Light Jewel Gray 04814-TZ5-A00ZB 1
Premium Black 04814-TZ5-A00ZC 1
Eucalyptus 04814-TZ5-A00ZD 1
MDX Driver’s Seat Belt E-Pretensioner:
Advance with Entertainment
Advance with Entertainment SH-AWD
Sandstorm 04818-TZ5-A60ZA 1
Light Jewel Gray 04818-TZ5-A60ZB 1
Premium Black 04818-TZ5-A60ZC 1
Eucalyptus 04818-TZ5-A60ZD 1
MDX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt E-Pretensioner:
Advance with Entertainment
Advance with Entertainment SH-AWD
Sandstorm 04814-TZ5-A60ZA 1
Light Jewel Gray 04814-TZ5-A60ZB 1
Premium Black 04814-TZ5-A60ZC 1
Eucalyptus 04814-TZ5-A60ZD 1
RLX Driver’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Base
Base with Navigation
Tech
Tech with Audio
Black 04818-TY2-A00ZC 1
RLX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Base
Base with Navigation
Tech
Tech with Audio
Black 04814-TY2-A00ZC 1
RLX Driver’s Seat Belt Tensioner: Tech Gray 04818-TY2-A00ZF 1
RLX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt Tensioner: Tech Gray 04814-TY2-A00ZF 1
RLX Driver’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Tech
Tech With Audio
Off-White 04818-TY2-A00ZH 1
RLX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt Tensioner:
Tech
Tech With Audio
Off-White 04814-TY2-A00ZH 1
RLX Driver’s Seat Belt E-Pretensioner: Advance Black 04818-TY2-A10ZC 1
Gray 04818-TY2-A10ZF 1
Off-White 04818-TY2-A10ZH 1
RLX Front Passenger’s Seat Belt E-Pretensioner: Advance Black 04814-TY2-A10ZC 1
Gray 04814-TY2-A10ZF 1
Off-White 04814-TY2-A10ZH 1

Note: Follow your standard procedure for disposing of the seat belt tensioner and E-Pretensioner.

 

REQUIRED TOOLS

Part Name Part Number Quantity
Seat Belt Disassembly Tool (MDX only) (includes seat belt disassembly tool plate and seat belt disassembly tool pin) 07AAF-SNAA150 1

 

WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION

Year/
Model
Operation Number Description Flat Rate Time Defect Code Symptom Code Failed Part Number
2014–15 MDX 854117 Replace both front seat belt tensioners/ e-pretensioners. 1.0 hr 5ZY00 JK700 04814-TZ5-A00ZA
2014 RLX 854117 1.0 hr 5ZY00 JK800 04814-TY2-A00ZC

Skill Level: Repair Technician

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE

NOTE: MDX is shown; RLX is similar.

  1. Do the battery terminal disconnection procedure.
  2. Remove the seat belt lower anchor covers.

NOTE: Remove the MDX driver’s side cover only. After you remove the lower anchor bolt in step 3, go to step 4 to disconnect the lower anchor connector on the passenger’s side.

seat belt lower anchor cover

 

  1. Remove the lower anchor bolt.

lower anchor bolt

 

  1. MDX Passenger’s Side Only: Remove the front seat belt lower anchor connector.
  • Slowly insert the seat belt disassembly tool plate into the holes in the back of the lap connector cover as shown.

seat belt disassembly tool

 

  • With the tool inserted, carefully insert the seat belt disassembly tool pin into the hole in the lap connector cover and unlock the lap connector by pushing in on the pin.

seat belt disassembly tool

 

  • While pulling the seat belt upward, remove the disassembly tool pin. As soon as you remove the disassembly tool pin from the lap connector, the anchor connector will separate from the lap connector.

anchor connector

 

  1. Remove the B-pillar upper and lower trim.
  2. Remove the front seat belt upper anchor bolt.

upper anchor bolt

 

  1. Disconnect the seat belt tensioner connector.

seat belt tensioner connector

 

  1. If applicable, disconnect the E-pretensioner motor connector and the E-pretensioner spool sensor connector.
  2. Remove the seat belt tensioner/E-pretensioner assembly.
  3. Install the new seat belt tensioner/E-pretensioner and torque the bolts as shown.

seat belt tensioner/E-pretensioner assembly

 

  1. Install and torque the new front seat upper anchor bolt.
    • MDX: 32 N·m (24 lb-ft)
    • RLX: 39 N·m (29 lb-ft)

upper anchor bolt

 

  1. Reconnect the connectors.
  2. Reinstall the B-pillar upper and lower trim.

NOTE: On the MDX, you must replace the clip in the upper B-pillar trim.

  1. MDX Passenger’s Side Only: Reconnect the seat belt lower anchor connector.

NOTE: Make sure the seat belt is not twisted and the latch plate is facing the passenger’s seat.

seat belt lower anchor connector

 

  1. Reinstall and torque the lower anchor bolt.
    • MDX: 47 N·m (36 lb-ft)
    • RLX: 40 N·m (30 lb-ft)
  1. Reinstall the lower anchor cover.
  2. Do the battery reconnection procedure.

END

 

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2014/RCRIT-14V639-2654.pdf

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https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2014/RCONL-14V639-9494.pdf

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https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2014/RCONL-14V639-0671.pdf

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https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2014/RCONL-14V639-9675.pdf

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https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2014/RMISC-14V639-4795.pdf

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