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Federal Safety Agency Opens Investigation into Honda Odyssey Braking Issues

Published on Jul 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm in Auto Product Liability.

Not all car accidents are the result of negligence or recklessness by a driver. In some situations, a hidden defect in a vehicle or one of its parts or systems causes injuries as well, and many experienced Kentucky car accident attorneys have fought on the behalf of clients who have experienced all kinds of accidents due to auto product defects.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) carries out a number of tasks related to vehicle safety. One of these is to investigate reports of vehicle malfunctions or other problems that might point to a hidden defect that poses a danger to those who use the vehicle.

The NHTSA opened such an investigation recently into the 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey. The preliminary investigation seeks to determine the cause behind 22 separate complaints by drivers who experienced sudden braking on their Odyssey vehicles due to no action of their own. In one complaint, the brakes engaged while the vehicle was traveling at about 40 miles per hour on a public street. No other vehicles were involved in that situation, however, and serious injuries were not reported.

One hypothesis the NHTSA will look into is whether the Honda Odyssey complaints are related to problems with the electronic stability braking systems in Honda and Acura vehicles that were the subject of a recall in March 2013. These systems are intended to improve stability to prevent slide-offs and rollovers, but when they malfunction, accidents can result.