Thursday 25 November 2010

Honda may recall '05 Accord & Civic Hybrid over faulty brakes

Honda may recall 16,826 ’05 Accord Hybrids and 25,864 Civic Hybrids after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation linking the Honda Accord Hybrid over unplanned acceleration claims.

The NHTSA announced that it has launched an initial investigation over the Accord Hybrid after receiving a complaint related to a crash that happened in 2005.

According to a woman who sent the complaint, her ‘05 Accord lost control after driving on rumble strips on the side of a highway. The lady applied the brakes, but the car allegedly accelerated out of control. The car crossed into oncoming traffic, killing the passenger and critically injuring the driver and occupants of the other car.

Ever since the accident, the woman has discovered 22 other complaints in the NHTSA database alike to her accident, all involving Accord Hybrids or Civic Hybrids. The other 22 complaints quoted poor brake performance on bumpy surfaces.

Although no formal investigation has been launched, it sounds as if one is forthcoming. Both Toyota and Ford were forced to fix some of their hybrid vehicles after receiving similar complaints about braking over rough surfaces.

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