NHTSA probing 2005 Honda Pilot over possible brake defect
U.S. safety officials have announced they are investigating certain Honda Pilot SUVs due to a dangerous brake problem. The probe includes nearly 88,000 model-year 2005 Pilots. If investigators determine that the issue is serious enough, Honda will be forced to recall affected vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to officials, defective brakes may be deployed without the driver stepping on the pedal. Since the investigation is ongoing, the NHTSA has not determined a solution to the problem. However, investigators did state that they are examining the Pilot’s computer controlled system that is supposed to stop the vehicle in emergency situations. Honda says it’s assisting with the NHTSA investigation and launching an independent probe of its own.
There have been no crashes or injuries reported associated with the problem, but numerous complaints have been waged. In fact, Honda and the NHTSA have received 205 complaints regarding the Pilot brake problem.
The government probe began in April after receiving a request from an owner, according to the NHTSA. One Honda Pilot owner reported that his SUV unexpectedly stopped three times, one of which was on a highway. The driver brought his vehicle to the mechanics after each occurrence, but the problem could not be duplicated. However, mechanics did state that faulty brake controls were a likely culprit. “If we continue driving the car, we are scared we may injure ourselves or other drivers,” the driver wrote to the NHTSA.