The NHTSA is Looking Into Unintended Emergency Brake Activation On Almost Three Million Hondas


the nhtsa is looking into unintended emergency brake activation on almost three

Honda is facing an NHTSA investigation looking at almost three million vehicles to review safety issues with unexpected emergency braking system activation. The agency opened a preliminary investigation in 2022 after receiving reports related to the Honda Accord and CR-V.

The NHTSA is aware of 1,294 reports of “sudden vehicle deceleration,” with 50 reported injuries and 31 crashes. Its probe has expanded to include 2020-2022 Honda Accords and CR-Vs, increasing the number of affected vehicles from 1.7 million to almost three.

While the term investigation sounds serious – and it is – it’s only one step in the process. If it progresses, the NHTSA could start an engineering analysis to determine if there’s a safety defect, which would then lead to a recall request to Honda if one exists. Most parking brakes now are electronic, so it’s unclear if the problem relates to a hardware or software issue, which would dictate how complicated any proposed fix would be.

The Honda Accord has been remarkably recall-free in recent years. The 2022 model only has two open recalls at the moment, including one for the airbag unintentionally deploying during a crash and the other for unintended vehicle movement from a potential brake fluid leak. The CR-V has had even fewer, with the 2022 model’s only recall coming due to incorrect labeling of the vehicle’s gross axle weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, and tire sizing.

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