Honda Pilot Investigated for Alleged Braking Issues

Honda Pilot Investigated for Alleged Braking Issues
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into 2005 Honda Pilot sport-utility vehicles after receiving complaints involving the vehicles suddenly stopping without any pressure being applied to the brake pedal.

Safety engineers with the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) believe the possible fault with the SUV's anti-lock brake systems may be tied to the electronic stability control (ESC). The ESC system, which is standard on the 2005 Pilot, automatically activates when sensors detect slippage or other unstable movement.

ODI has identified 185 complaints relating to this braking issue in its database, but there have been no reported injuries or accidents, to date.

An Engineering Analysis has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. ODI investigators will work with Honda engineers to determine if an official safety recall is needed.

Nearly 88,000 2005 Honda Pilot vehicles could be affected.