A recall has been issued for nearly 183,000 Honda and Acura brand vehicles from the 2005 and 2006 model years. The problem stems from a potential malfunctions to the vehicles' stability control and braking systems.

Drivers have reported a malfunction to Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist system, though to date, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of it. Some of the vehicles' Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control units may have an electric capacitor that was damaged during manufacture. A damaged control unit could cause the VSA system to apply brake force for a "fraction of a second" without any driver input, or could add additional brake force if it malfunctions while the driver is already braking. Either example could increase the risk of a crash.

To fix the issue, Honda will install a new electrical sub-harness, free of charge to the owner. The recall specifies 101,000 Honda Pilot (pictured), 60,000 Acura MDX and 21,000 Acura RL vehicles from the 2005 model year will be affected. An additional 800 MDX crossovers from the 2006 model year are also included in the recall. In addition, 51,000 of the affected 2005 Pilots will be inspected to be sure that a ground bolt for the VSA system is properly tight. Should this bolt come lose, similar unexpected brake activation may occur.

The Detroit News is reporting that the same recall will affect nearly 250,000 Hondas from model years 2004 through 2006 worldwide: 56,000 in Japan, 8,000 in Canada, 1,000 in Australia, 300 in Mexico and 70 in Germany.
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Statement by American Honda Regarding Vehicle Stability Assist Recall: 2005 Honda Pilot; 2005-2006 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL

03/13/2013
American Honda will recall approximately 101,000 Honda Pilot vehicles, 60,000 Acura MDX vehicles and 21,000 Acura RL vehicles from the 2005 model year and approximately 800 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2006 model year in the U.S. to address potential malfunctions of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system in these vehicles. Honda has received several complaints about such malfunctions in these vehicles. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

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 by the driver. 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. To remedy this potential issue, Honda and Acura dealers will install a new electrical sub-harness, free of charge.

Additionally, approximately 51,000 of the included Pilot vehicles will also 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. If the bolt is not properly tightened, the Honda dealer will properly torque the bolt, free of charge.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from American Honda. Mailed notification to customers will be sent in mid-April 2013. In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of vehicles from the affected model years will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.


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      Rick Jeffries
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL I love reading about the Japanese cars quality being in the toilet...I am driving a 2004 Honda Accord with over 100,000 miles on it...not one problem beyond normal maintenance and still cranks, drives and rides like a much newer car and not even a squeak or rattle....that's amazing. The American made cars I had were long in the dump before 100,000 miles....with mass produced cars there will always be a lemon or two and a recall now and then but overall, I have always followed Consumer Reports ratings and, so far, they have been right on target with reliability...
        Jay Summons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick Jeffries
        Don\'t worry..after 150,000 you\'ll need a new transmission.. : )
        jw10588
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick Jeffries
        yeah right HONDA EQUALS TRANSMISSIONS PROBLEMS LOL look it up my car promblems.com later pinocchio
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick Jeffries
        Well Rick. I have a 98 Dodge dokota with 302000 Miles. Original unrebuilt motor and original clutch.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
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        carnut122
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick Jeffries
        I traded in my 94 Pontiac transport with 233,000 miles on it and it was running like new(but it did use a quart of oil very 4,000 miles-try that with a Honda). I still have my 94 Chevy S10 with 120,000 miles on it and drive it wherever I want without worry. Neither one of them had any unintended acceleration or braking.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carnut122
          Actually a honda will do that also.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shows that the Imports are not superior after all.
        tiguan2.0
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        IMPORT, the Pilot is designed, engineered, and built in the USA. Are you one of those fools that thinks a Buick Regal that was engineered, designed, and built in GERMANY is "American"?
          tiguan2.0
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tiguan2.0
          Good to hear they are finally building the Regal closer to the USA and only IMPORTING from a neighboring country instead of Germany.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tiguan2.0
          Actually the regal is built in Canada.
        Bob Mull
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        a few days ago there was an article on AOL that GM may recall 1 million vehicles for a problem
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bob Mull
          Yea just simple bulb. Not the whole brake system failing. just a simple little bulb
      • 1 Year Ago
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        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because a car braking on its own under normal conditions is not within safety regulations.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
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          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          I didn't say anything to trash Honda because of this recall. I just stated that a car braking on its own for any reason aside from an approved pre-crash or intelligent cruise control system isn't within regulations... Thank you for overreacting.
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      japanese cars are becoming the laughing stock of the motor world. Not only do they look like BORING appliances, but their quality is in the latrine with the remnants of their tofu and sushi. Anybody buying asian must have their heads examined by a proctologist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
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        Bob Mull
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        did you read last week that the government may force GM to recall 1 million vehicles
      rmc159
      • 1 Year Ago
      My JEEP is made in the USA, the engine, transmission, and 90% content are USA made. Stop spreading the myth!!
        tiguan2.0
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmc159
        So are Honda Pilots and MDX. So your point in stating that is WHAT?
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tiguan2.0
          Honda is like Toyota, all non-union mostly temp workers. Not the kind of good jobs we need in this country.
      tsh85
      • 1 Year Ago
      No such thing as American made and Japanese made cars anymore. Hyundai is a Korean car company, yet most of its manufacturing is actually done here in America. Many Fords and Chevy's are manufactured in Japan/India/Mexico. So take your pick. Do you want a Korean car made in America, or an American car made in Japan or Mexico? Most Chrysler engines are made in Mexico; Ford engines are made in Mexico and Germany; GM engines and transmissions are made in Mexico, Austria, and Canada; ALL Honda engines are made in the United States; ALL Nissan engines are made in the United States; Most Toyota engines and transmissions are made in the United States. (ALL Honda, Toyota, and Nissan cars that are sold here in America...are assembled in either Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, or Texas). The ONLY 4 car companies that are actually true to their heritage are: Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, and BMW. All BMW engines/transmissions are only made in Germany; All Mercedes engines/transmissions are only made in Germany; All Subaru and Mitsubishi engines/transmissions are only made in Japan. So there you have it. The 3 largest "Asian" car companies (Honda, Toyota, and Nissan) are all made and manufactured in America if they're sold in America. Like I said...there is no such thing as American made and Japanese made cars anymore.
        tiguan2.0
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tsh85
        AMEN tsh85, the Mopar boys will wave their American Flag and proudly defend the Dodge Dart as "American" when Dodge is owned by the Italians, and the Dart is a rebadged Alfa.
          haroldmaudeharold
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tiguan2.0
          A Dart is a rebadged Alfa in the same way an ILX is a rebadged Civic.
        Bob Mull
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tsh85
        excellent comment. f/f
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why I'm happy my Pilot is a 2004. No stability control, no drive-by-wire, much less computers between myself and the car, I want my Pilot to do something, it does it, no butt scratching (my term for computers thinking) required.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        No butt scratching, and no computers to malfunction like hitting the brakes on me for no reason.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Oh of course, for sure I'm not denying the benefits of stability control... But for me, I like to have all the control, and no computers second guessing me, I don't beat on my Pilot. If I am jumping into a narrow gap in traffic though, not having stability control means I can get going immediately and not worry about being a sitting duck. I'm no stranger to hairy situations myself, like the time I saw something move in the middle of the road at night at the end of my headlight beam and reacted so fast... Thank you Gran Turismo.. That my brain didnt even consciously process the movement yet.. as far i was consciously concerned my arms just started swerving the car into the median (two lane road with white median for turn lanes and such..) for no reason.. until I was already looking at what I was swerving for... My car was going straight between two deer.. with inches to spare on either side.. at 55 miles an hour. The car didnt do anything nasty on me. And it's so good in snow that it doesn't need stability control. I'm not denying that other people may want it, but for me, I Iike not having it.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          Your 04 pilot has traction control.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          While traction control is a form of stability control yes. They are not exactly =. A traction control only controls forward traction to the drive wheels. While stability control uses accelerometers and others sensors do control forward sideways and backward movement. It helps keep the front ofthe car faceing forward and shinny side up
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          He was saying they werent equal. And those sensors are exactly why im happy i dont have stability control, if I want a narrow gap in traffic on a left turn, and i floor it to hit that gap, or if im in an emergency situation where i need all the power I can get NOW and not tomorrow (like the time i was cut off by an escalade in a work zone that had very poor signage, and the left lane that i was in closed with hardly any warning, and because that escalade and the cars behind him didnt let me in, i ended up having to weave around the pylons and stop between a couple pylon signs, with the Pilots ass end a bit out in the new left lane). In that situation, I had to get from a dead stop to over 70 miles an hour extremely quickly, and i didnt have time to waste for computers to think about whether to give me power or not, i needed EVERY bit i could get as quick as possible. if anything the 4WD and TCS with no stability control help the car get going much quicker in situations that would leave a stability control equipped vehicle in a crumpled heap, such as pulling out into a rapidly closing gap in left lane interstate traffic (no idea how I got out of that one alive).
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          I agreel that stability control is a pain in the butt for people who know how to drive. But for most people who can't drive worth a dang. which is about 85% of people driving. It helps save lives
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Pretty sure when i saw the deers head in the right side headlight beam next to the front fender (the car was still in its swerve, didnt touch either deer), that was the closest I ever came to shitting my pants on the road. And the sitting duck was for situations such as cutting the power.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subarus start themselves. Toyotas can't stop. Hondas stop too much. Yay for bulletproof Japanese engineering!
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Funny cause just the other day people were goin on about how much americans cars suck. Well guess its not just American cars now huh.
      Larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Consumers Report, please take note of this, so next time you do reports on imports can tell the truth to the consumers who need to buy a car!!!!
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok WMB here we go. There are also million s of every type of car owner who loves their brand. Not just Toyoterds. And I don't care what consumer reports says. Do you believe everything you read. As an auto tech for 15 years. I have worked on pretty much everycar out there. Ive been on the front lines of quality with all makes. Because im the one fixing the damn car. I dont know which reman company you work for. But alot of times reman parts waste my time. So i just started buying new parts. You Reman companis may try to make it better then new . but usually not. Just equal too original. And no car is perfect. No car. Not Honda. Not Toyota. Not Gm .Not Ford. Not Ferrari not anybody. I don't care what consumer reports say. They just base their opinion off of polls of car owners. Which usually can go one way or the other just by what mood a person is at time they take a poll. I live in the real world I see the **** every day. I dont see the good in cars. Because if they were good I wouldn't have to fix the damn things.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
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      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda aren\'t as good as they used to be...there known for transmission problems and other things...
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what happens when designers of vehicles take over the driving responsibilities of the driver. I\'ll drive the car by myself thank you very much. I never had my car take over and put me in a ditch in 45 years on the road.
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