Honda Recalls 182,000 Vehicles for Faulty Vehicle Stability Assist System


  • 2005 Honda Pilot Picture

    2005 Honda Pilot Picture

    Honda is recalling 182,000 vehicles, including the 2005 Honda Pilot, because the vehicle stability assist system could malfunction and apply the brakes without any input from the driver. | March 14, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • American Honda is recalling 182,000 vehicles, including the 2005 Honda Pilot, because the Vehicle Stability Assist system could malfunction and apply the brakes without any input from the driver.
  • The 2005-'06 Acura MDX and the 2005 Acura RL are also included in the recall.
  • Honda said no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the recall.

TORRANCE, California — American Honda is recalling 182,000 vehicles, including the 2005 Honda Pilot, because the vehicle stability assist system could malfunction and apply the brakes without any input from the driver, the automaker said on Wednesday.

The 2005-'06 Acura MDX and the 2005 Acura RL are also included in the recall.

Honda said no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the recall. But the automaker noted that it has received several complaints about such malfunctions in these vehicles.

"If an electrical capacitor on the VSA control unit was damaged during manufacture, the VSA system could malfunction and apply a small amount of brake force for a fraction of a second, without any input from the driver," said Honda in a statement. "Further, if the driver applies the brakes during a VSA system malfunction, the amount of brake force applied could exceed the driver's intended input. In either instance, unexpected brake activation could increase the risk of a crash."

In addition, approximately 51,000 of the Pilot vehicles in the recall will be inspected to ensure that an electrical ground bolt for the VSA system is properly tightened.

"A loosened ground bolt may cause similar short periods of unexpected brake activation, increasing the risk of a crash," said Honda.

Honda and Acura dealers will install a new electrical sub-harness in the affected vehicles. Honda dealers will properly torque the bolt on the Pilot as well.

The recall is expected to begin in mid-April. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., had not posted any information about this recall as of Thursday morning.

Edmunds says: There will be a month-long wait on this recall as Honda and Acura dealers wait for parts.

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