Random brakes in 1.7 million Honda Accord and CR-Vs under investigation – CBS Pittsburgh

(CNN) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating popular Honda Accord sedans and CR-V SUVs for possible defects, according to multiple complaints from drivers, sometimes when causing the car to brake randomly without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal. .

Vehicles equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking system are responsible for automatically braking if the driver is unable to do so on his own in certain situations, such as when a vehicle stops in front of him or there is a pedestrian on the road. These systems are primarily designed to prevent, or at least reduce, the severity of rear-end collisions. The vehicles under investigation are the 2018 and 2019 Accords and the 2017 through 2019 CR-V. According to NHTSA, a total of about 1.7 million of these vehicles are on the roads in the United States.

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NHTSA has received 278 complaints about unexplained braking on Accords and CR-Vs. According to NHTSA documents, six of these claims are alleged collision-related, some resulting in minor injuries. Some people who have filed complaints with NHTSA say the problem has occurred on their vehicles multiple times.

“Honda will cooperate with NHTSA during the investigation and we will continue to do our own internal review of the information available,” Honda said in an emailed statement.

Most automakers selling vehicles in the United States have voluntarily agreed to standardize AEB technology on all vehicles sold here. AEB, also known as Collision Mitigation Braking, has been credited with reducing rear-end collisions by 50%, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Under the industry agreement, virtually all passenger cars and pickup trucks sold in the US must have the technology by September 2022.

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Honda’s emergency braking system uses radar to track vehicles ahead, and if the vehicle in front stops or slows down and the driver fails to react appropriately, the system flashes a warning message and emits a warning message. sounds to warn of a possible collision. If the driver remains unresponsive, it can apply the brakes automatically.

However, when these automatic braking systems misbehave, causing vehicles to come to a sudden stop or slow down for no real reason, it can contribute to the very types of accidents that the technology is capable of. designed to prevent. It can lead to vehicles behind hitting a stopped car or SUV.

NHTSA opened an investigation into Tesla cars for similar problems earlier this month.

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