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Honda recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles due to possible Inadvertent Application of Brakes

National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Honda is recalling certain model year 2005 Pilot vehicles manufactured July 29th, 2004, through August 29th, 2005; model year 2005-2006 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured September 16th, 2004, through September 22nd, 2005; and model year 2005 Acura RL vehicles manufactured March 1st, 2004, through June 29th, 2005.

An electrical capacitor may have been damaged during the manufacturing of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module causing intermittent, automatic, minor brake application.

2005 Acura MDX
2005 Acura MDX

However, if the driver applies the brakes while the VSA is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop.

Additionally, due to a loose ground connection, certain model year 2005 Pilots have a VSA system that may apply partial brake force, without the illumination of the brake lights, whether or not the driver is using the brakes.

Vehicle Information

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
Acura / MDX 2005-2006
Acura / RL 2005
Honda / Pilot 2005


Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Report Receipt Date: March 14th, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V092000
Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic, Traction Control System
Potential Number of Units Affected: 183,576


Sudden inadvertent braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.


Owners will be notified and instructed to take their vehicles to a dealer of their respective brand. The dealer will install a partial wiring harness containing a capacitor for the VSA modulator, free of charge. The affected model year 2005 Pilots will have their ground connection tightened. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, April 12th, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1.800.999.1009.


Honda’s recall campaign numbers are S87, S88, and S89. 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 www.safercar.gov.


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