Honda initiated a voluntary recall on over 300,000 Pilot SUVs sold in the United States due to faulty or missing seatbelt stitching. Model year 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pilots are affected in this broad safety recall.

Honda says an inspection of driver and passenger seatbelts is necessary to determine if stitching is incomplete or missing on Pilots manufactured from March 2008 through August 2011. Faulty seatbelt stitching could lead to the separation of the seatbelt from its anchor webbing, which may increase the risk of personal injury in a crash. Honda says no related injuries have been reported.

Honda will assess each vehicle and replace faulty equipment if necessary free of charge. Owners will be notified starting in early October, at which time they can schedule inspection at an authorized Honda dealer.

No previous safety recalls have been issued for 2009 or 2010 Pilots. A small number of 2011 Pilots were the subject of an earlier recall addressing an unrelated suspension issue.

More information is available from Honda by visiting recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009. Alternatively, the NHTSA's website lists all automotive recalls. Search safercar.org for the Honda Pilot recall using campaign ID 11V468000.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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