2005 Honda Pilot Probed by Feds for Unexpected Braking


  • 2005 Honda Pilot Picture

    2005 Honda Pilot Picture

    NHTSA has opened a new engineering analysis into unexpected braking in an estimated 87,803 2005 Honda Pilots. | February 26, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 87,803 2005 Honda Pilots for unexpected braking.
  • NHTSA said it has received 205 reports of "unexpected vehicle deceleration and/or steering pull resulting from inappropriate electronic brake application with no brake light illumination."
  • American Honda Motor Co. told Edmunds it is cooperating with the investigation.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 87,803 2005 Honda Pilots for unexpected braking.

NHTSA said it has received 205 reports of "unexpected vehicle deceleration and/or steering pull resulting from inappropriate electronic brake application with no brake light illumination."

American Honda Motor Co. told Edmunds it is cooperating with the investigation.

"Honda is continuing to cooperate with NHTSA's ongoing investigation of the Vehicle Stability Assist systems of certain 2005 model year Honda Pilot vehicles," wrote Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query. "NHTSA recently transitioned this investigation from their earlier preliminary evaluation to an engineering analysis, as they normally do at this point in an investigation."

There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the investigation, according to NHTSA.

The unexpected braking may be due to a faulty sensor.

The 2005 Honda Pilot has not been recalled. Such a probe can sometimes lead to a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2005 Honda Pilot, you should be aware that federal safety regulators are looking into complaints of unexpected braking, but there is no need for action at this point.

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