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Brake problem in Honda Pilot SUVs might be emergency system flaw

A 2003 Honda Odyssey and 2003 Honda Pilot are shown in a undated Honda Motor Company file photo. The 2005 version on the Pilot is under federal investigation after consumers complained that the brake would engage without a driver stepping on the pedal. (File photo by The Associated Press)
A 2003 Honda Odyssey and 2003 Honda Pilot are shown in a undated Honda Motor Company file photo. The 2005 version on the Pilot is under federal investigation after consumers complained that the brake would engage without a driver stepping on the pedal. (File photo by The Associated Press)
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Friday, October 12, 2012 10:46 am
DETROIT – U.S. safety officials are investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV.The probe covers nearly 88,000 Pilots from the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs.

The Pilot is a big seller with families because of its space and reputation for quality.

Here are details of the government investigation:The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday.None yet, but investigators are looking at problems with a computer-controlled system that stops the vehicle as fast as possible in emergency situations. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.No crashes or injuries have been reported.The safety agency says it began the probe after getting a request from a consumer in April. The government and Honda have received 205 complaints about the problem. One driver says a Pilot stopped three times without warning, once on an Interstate. After each case, mechanics couldn't re-create the problem, but eventually they suspected faulty brake controls.

"If we continue driving the car, we are scared we may injure ourselves or others," the driver writes.

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