Honda under investigation by Federal safety regulators

March 3, 2022
Over 1.7 million Honda Accord and CR-V SUVs are included in the investigation.

Over 1.7 million Honda vehicles are being investigated by Federal safety regulators after receiving 278 complaints from consumers that their vehicle's automatic emergency braking (AEB) system unexpectedly brakes while in motion. 

The vehicles under investigation include 2018-2019 Honda Accord sedans and 2017-2019 Honda CR-V SUVs. It's noted that the unexpected braking is occurring without warning and sporadically, increasing the risk of a rear-end collision. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is aware of six collisions with minor injuries that may be related to this issue, according to a press release by Consumer Reports. 

The press release stated that Honda is cooperating with the NHTSA and is conducting their own review of the situation. 

Nissan is also under investigation for similar braking issues, and Mazda issued a recall for a similar problem in 2019, the press release stated. NHTSA is investigating Tesla for a phenomenon known as “phantom braking”—when the vehicle suddenly brakes while the autopilot driver assistance system is active. 

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Kayla Nadler | Associate Editor | Vehicle Repair Group

Kayla (Oschmann) Nadler is an associate editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

With an education in journalism and public relations, Nadler contributes to Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) and Professional Distributor magazines, as well as VehicleServicePros.com.

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