Honda recalls 2016 Pilot for warning light issue, 35k affected

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Honda is recalling 35,406 examples of the 2016 Pilot in the US because the vehicles' warning lamps might not activate immediately. Specifically, the campaign covers two-whee-drive models with build dates between May 4, 2015, and September 8, 2015, and four-wheel drive versions from between May 7, 2015, and September 4, 2015.

Due to this issue, if there's a malfunction in aids like the tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes, or electronic stability control, the corresponding warning light might not immediately illuminate on the instrument panel. When the ignition is turned off and then back on, the alerts do appear. Still, the fault puts the Pilot out of compliance with federal rules.

Beginning November 27, the fix will simply be updated instrument cluster software for the affected Pilots. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( PDF): "As of October 8, 2015, Honda has not received any warranty claims, field reports, injuries or crashes related to this issue."

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RECALL Subject : Improper Software to Module FMVSS 126,135,138

Report Receipt Date: OCT 16, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V668000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 35,406

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Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to September 8, 2015 and 2016 Pilot 4WD vehicles manufactured May 7, 2015 to September 4, 2015. In the affected vehicles, when one of the safety systems such as tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock braking or electronic stability control malfunctions, there is potential that the instrument panel will not illuminate the corresponding warning light, however the warning lamps will illuminate when the ignition is turned off and then turned back on. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic stability control systems", number 135, "Light vehicle brake systems" and number 138, "Tire pressure monitoring systems".

If a safety system cannot immediately warn the driver when needed, the driver may be at at increased risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 27, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV7.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Statement by American Honda Regarding Combination Meter Software Non-compliance Recall: 2016 Pilot

Nov 3, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.Honda will voluntarily recall 35,406 model-year 2016 Pilot vehicles in the United States to update the combination meter software free of charge. No market occurrences have been reported related to this non-compliance issue, which was discovered through internal testing.

A software error in the combination meter may cause warning lamps to fail to illuminate if there is a problem with the system that communicates certain system errors to the combination meter. This condition would create a non-compliance with NHTSA FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard): 126, 135 and 138. The software update will correct the combination meter operation.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late November. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can now determine if their vehicles require repair by going to or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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