Statement by American Honda Regarding Vehicle Stability Assist Recall:
2005 Honda Pilot; 2005-2006 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL
American Honda will recall approximately 101,000 Honda Pilot vehicles,
60,000 Acura MDX vehicles and 21,000 Acura RL vehicles from the 2005
model year and approximately 800 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2006
model year in the U.S. to address potential malfunctions of the
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system in these vehicles. Honda has
received several complaints about such malfunctions in these vehicles.
No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.
If an electrical capacitor on the VSA control unit was damaged during
manufacture, the VSA system could malfunction and apply a small amount
of brake force for a fraction of a second, without any input by the
driver. Further, if the driver applies the brakes during a VSA system
malfunction, the amount of brake force applied could exceed the
driver's intended input. In either instance, unexpected brake
activation could increase the risk of a crash. To remedy this
potential issue, Honda and Acura dealers will install a new electrical
sub-harness, free of charge.
Additionally, approximately 51,000 of the included Pilot vehicles will
also be inspected to ensure that an electrical ground bolt for the VSA
system is properly tightened. A loosened ground bolt may cause similar
short periods of unexpected brake activation, increasing the risk of a
crash. If the bolt is not properly tightened, the Honda dealer will
properly torque the bolt, free of charge.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected
vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as
they receive notification of this recall from American Honda. Mailed
notification to customers will be sent in mid-April 2013. In addition
to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of vehicles from
the affected model years will be able to determine if their vehicles
require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com and
www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or
(800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.