Feds investigate brake problem in Honda Pilot SUVs
by Tom Krisher
AP Auto Writer
Oct 12, 2012 | 3417 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This 2008 file photo shows the logo of Japanese car maker Honda in Berlin. U.S. safety officials are investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV for the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns, File)
This 2008 file photo shows the logo of Japanese car maker Honda in Berlin. U.S. safety officials are investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV for the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns, File)
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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety officials are investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV.

The probe covers nearly 88,000 Pilots from the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs.

The Pilot is a big seller with families because of its space and reputation for quality.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln began building Pilots in 2004. The SUVs also were produced at Honda's plant in Ontario. The plant in Lincoln became the sole producer of Pilots in 2007.

Here are details of the government investigation:

THE PROBLEM:

The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday.

THE FIX:

None yet, but investigators are looking at problems with a computer-controlled system that stops the vehicle as fast as possible in emergency situations. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.

INJURIES:

No crashes or injuries have been reported.

COMPLAINTS: The safety agency says it began the probe after getting a request from a consumer in April. The government and Honda have received 205 complaints about the problem. One driver says a Pilot stopped three times without warning, once on an interstate highway. After each case, mechanics couldn't recreate the problem, but eventually they suspected faulty brake controls.

"If we continue driving the car, we are scared we may injure ourselves or others," the driver writes.

Anniston Star staff added information to this report from the Associated Press

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