You control your vehicle, not the other way around. However, this is what has happened to Honda vehicles worldwide due to the defect in the vehicles’ stability control system. It is the driver who decides when to step on the auto’s brake but because of this defect, the control no longer remains in your foot. It’s in the brake itself, and this can cause your car to veer off the road.
Honda has recalled about 250,000 vehicles globally for brakes that can unexpectedly kick in even when the driver is not pressing the brake pedal. The company made a recall of more than 183,000 vehicles in the U.S., more than 56,000 in Japan, nearly 8,000 in Canada, about 1,000 in Australia, approximately 300 in Mexico and 70 in Germany. All of the vehicles were produced from March 2004 through May 2006.
The recalled vehicles in the U.S. include: 101,000 Honda Pilot SUVs, 60,000 Acura MDX and 21,000 Acura RL sedans, all 2005 models. The recall was also applied to 800 of Acura’s 2006 MDX models. Outside the U.S., the Honda Odyssey minivan was also recalled. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the defect but 17 drivers in Japan and one in the U.S. have complained about the problem.
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
In a statement released by American Honda, the company explained that the recall stemmed from the problem with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System. According to Honda, this could cause the car’s brakes to suddenly be applied even without any input from the driver. If the driver steps on the brake simultaneously with the braking glitch, the amount of brake force applied could exceed the driver’s intended input.
In order to address this problem, Honda dealers will install a new electric part with no charge and inspect an electrical grounding bolt in some of the vehicles. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to visit www.recalls.honda.com or www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners to know if their vehicles require repair.
By mid-April 2013, owners of all affected vehicles will be notified. As soon as you receive notification of this recall from American Honda, take your vehicle to an authorized dealer. Should you be injured because of this defect you may have a product liability case against Honda. It is important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is critical that the vehicle is inspected to determine if this defect caused the accident and your injuries.