• Nov 23, 2010
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation in to mid-2000s Honda Accord and Civic hybrid models after receiving a complaint that originated from a fatal crash in July of 2005. In this instance, the driver of a 2005 Accord Hybrid said that she was driving over rumble strips on the side of a highway, and when she tried to apply the brakes, the car sped up and caused her to cross into oncoming traffic. NHTSA reports that the resulting accident caused the Accord's passenger to die, while the driver sustained disabling injuries.

It's no surprise that NHTSA is being particularly careful these days when receiving complaints citing unintended or sudden acceleration, especially after the series of Toyota recall fiascoes earlier this year. Using NHTSA's crash database, the Accord driver found 22 other incidents similar to hers, all of which involved Honda Accord and Civic hybrids. NHTSA plans to further research this individual complaint before starting an official investigation into these Honda vehicles. Hat tip to Frank W!



[Sources: Bloomberg, AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "It's no surprise that NHTSA is being particularly careful these days when receiving complaints citing unintended or sudden acceleration, especially after the series of Toyota recall fiascoes earlier this year. Using NHTSA's crash database, the Accord driver found 22 other incidents similar to hers, all of which involved Honda Accord and Civic hybrids. NHTSA plans to further research this individual complaint before starting an official investigation into these Honda vehicles."

      What a bunch of crap Steven. Why even try to justify this? Have you realized that companies like Ford, GM and Chrysler have WAY more unintended acceleration complaints than Honda, and they were never investigated or slammed in front of the media? The NTHSA even presented the data showing this to the National Academy of Sciences but they did nothing about it not even a press release! If anyone didn't think this whole thing was a sham, then they surely do now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this just reeks of suspicion. Sounds like she hit the gas instead of the brakes. If that's what happened, shame on her for trying to blame someone else for her passenger's death.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Waste of time and money.

      Sudden acceleration = driver pedal misapplication
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the car sped up and caused her to cross into oncoming traffic."

      Did the car experience unintended steering as well? This is freaking ridiculous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota to Honda: Your turn!
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM to KC, Toyota, and Honda: All three of you guys can suck it for all I care. Stop trying to blame Detroit for your cars faults.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota to Honda: Sorry that the witch hunt is coming your way but the US government must find a way to prop GM up somehow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota to Honda: The cover-up is worse than the crime.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "and when she tried to apply the brakes, the car sped up and caused her to cross into oncoming traffic."

      Sounds like she pressed the gas pedal thinking it's the brakes.

      Case closed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Co-sign

        I believe she press the gas pedal and using the Toyota case as way to get the guilt off her shoulders.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "and when she tried to apply the brakes, the car sped up and caused her to cross into oncoming traffic."

      Sounds like she pressed the gas pedal thinking it's the brakes.

      Case closed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My money's on "rumble strips tripped ABS, driver panicked." Any takers?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not to be insensitive...but why did she cross into oncoming traffic? Just the initial terror?

      I pretty firmly believe that while the possibility is there these sudden accelerations happened, I'm more prone to think they were blown out of proportion by the media. It seems like in almost each case the people operating the vehicle failed to do something competent like maintain control of the vehicle, throw it in neutral, etc.

      I dunno, something smells. Lucky for Honda they didn't exactly sell many of these.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And further (since I can't edit autoblog comments), if she was on rumble strips...she should have already been going pretty slow so applying the brake should have been a non-issue.

        As I said above, something feels off here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Plus if she was going slow and sped up one would think you'd aim for the car straight infront of you. I'd much perfer a rear end collision than a head on one. Less chance of fatality on both sides (if speed is low enough obviously). She hit the gas pedal and didnt think once to put the gear shift into Neutral. Only months after Toyota's hoopla died down did she apparently remember this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same thing happened to that woman in Poland who crashed while parking her car. Suddenly the car jumped to life, plowed the wall, also turned and clipped two apartment doors. The revolution is coming and none of us can stop it. Hail our automotive overlords.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it when these claims happen to toyota everybody bashes them but when it happens to another company everybody tries to stick up for honda?
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