March 26, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Honda has issued a recall of approximately 183,576 vehicles due to an auto defect which can cause inadvertent braking and/or affect illumination of the brake lights.  The following vehicles are included in the recall class:  2005 Pilot, 2005-2006 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL.  The malfunction is caused by an electrical capacitor that may have been damaged during the manufacturing of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module causing intermittent, automatic, minor brake application.  Sudden unintentional braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

This recall is expected to begin on or around April 12, 2013.  Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Honda directly at 1-800-999-1009 and reference safety recall No’s.  S87, S88 and S89. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V092000.
Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.