1.7 million Honda Accords and CR-V vehicles examined for brake problem
- Following 278 consumer complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigating automated emergency braking systems in the Accord and Honda CR-V.
- The survey covers the 2017-2019 CR-V and the 2018-2019 Accord.
- NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Bureau will investigate what it describes as “inadvertent activation of the collision braking system” in both models.
Honda has strived to have its Honda Sensing driver-assist safety technology standard on every vehicle, and this package includes Automated Emergency Braking (AEB). Already in 2018, one million Honda vehicles were equipped with it. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it is launching an investigation into the system, after 278 complaints that braking can occur unnecessarily when there are no obstacles in the vehicle’s path.
From complaints, 107 involved 2018 or 2019 Accord sedans and 171 involved the 2017-2019 CR-V crossover. NHTSA said in its initial letter document that six of those cases involved collisions and minor injuries. Honda calls its AEB system the “Collision Mitigation Braking System” (CMBS).
Tesla was also investigated by NHTSA this month over “phantom braking” in its 2021 and 2022 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles, also involving an automated emergency braking system.
Honda was one of 20 automakers to agree to a plan to make AEB standard on at least 95% of its vehicles by 2022, saying it intended to meet the target two years later. sooner than expected. Earlier this month, Honda released a declaration saying its comprehensive safety suite, Honda Sensing, “is now standard or available on all new Honda models, found on nearly five million Honda vehicles on American roads today.” It is unknown if the reported issue on the 2017-2019 CR-V and 2018-2019 Accord could affect other Honda vehicles or newer models of these two vehicles, but at this time these are the only ones that are part of the NHTSA probe.
Asked about it, a Honda spokesperson said Car And Driver, “Each Model ADAS [Advanced Driver Assistance System] configuration is slightly different based on inherent differences in the vehicle, and with each generation change the lineup evolves.” The automaker also released a statement saying, “Honda will cooperate with NHTSA throughout the investigation process, and we will continue our own internal review of the available information.”
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