Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 Honda and Acura vehicles due to brake problems. Honda announced the recall Thursday, March 14 saying the brake defect would randomly apply pressure to the brakes for a split second when the driver began to apply the brakes.
While Honda stated they have received several complaints from owners, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents show there have been 205 complaints just on the 2005 Honda Pilots braking inadvertently, alone.
Some owners have complained to the agency of “unexpected braking of varying duration, including several allegations of rapid decelerations from highway speeds to near stop in highway travel lanes.”
The Honda recall is to correct problems with the Vehicle Stability Assist, or V.S.A., which is what Honda calls its electronic stability control system.
The recall of 183,000 vehicles in the U.S. includes 101,000 Pilots SUVs, 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs and 21,000 Acura RL sedans, all from the 2005 model year. It also includes 800 of Acura’s 2006 MDX models.
Honda is also recalling 57,000 vehicles in Japan, including about 42,566 Odyssey minivans. Cars in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand will also be included in this Honda recall.
The stability assist system in the vehicles may malfunction and the brake could operate even when the driver is not pressing the pedal, said spokeswoman Tomoko Takemori. The vehicles may also brake more strongly than intended when the system malfunctions, she said.
Honda says that the malfunction is caused by an electrical capacitor being damaged during the manufacturing process, as well as an electrical ground bolt that may have not been tightened enough during assembly.
If you have a vehicle affected in this recall, you will receive a notification letter in the mail by mid-April but those seeking advice prior to this can visit www.recalls.honda.com or www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners, and (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners.
Most likely, once you receive the notification, you’ll be able to take it to your local Honda and Acura dealer and they will inspect the vehicle and install a new stability-control electrical harness if necessary. For affected Pilot models, dealers will tighten the grounding bolt.
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