NHTSA Investigating Honda Vehicles For Concerning Braking Issues

At the end of February 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it was launching an investigation into two Honda models in response to numerous consumer complaints. These complaints primarily concern a faulty automatic emergency braking (AEB) system that engages while the cars are in motion. So far, Honda is cooperating fully with the investigation and will issue a safety recall if necessary.

What Honda Customers Are Saying

Federal safety regulators received over 270 complaints from Honda customers about AEB system issues. People voiced concerns about the AEB system engaging suddenly, randomly, and without warning while the car is in motion, putting the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk of crash or injury. When a vehicle’s AEB system engages on a crowded freeway or highway, the car becomes vulnerable to a rear-end collision. So far, the NHTSA reports that it is aware of six collisions with minor injuries that are likely associated with this AEB issue.

Honda Vehicles Under Investigation

There are two Honda models involved in this investigation: the 2018-2019 Honda Accord sedan and the 2017-2019 Honda CR-V SUV. More than 1.7 million vehicles are affected by this investigation. While AEB systems are designed to reduce crashes and save lives, defective systems can jeopardize the safety of vehicle occupants and others on the road. Currently, Nissan is also part of an investigation for similar braking system issues. In 2019, Mazda issued a safety recall for braking system issues.

What’s Next For Honda Customers

Those who own or lease a 2018-2019 Honda Accord or a 2017-2019 Honda CR-V SUV should recognize these vehicles may experience unexpected or random braking events. Should this occur, take your vehicle to the dealer for an assessment. If Honda ends up issuing a safety recall, the company will notify you and encourage you to visit the dealership when the repair is available, free of charge. For now, continue to exercise caution when driving, especially when traveling at high speeds.


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