Honda rider’s engine failures are being investigated by NHTSA

A shot of a silver Honda Pilot crossover with a city skyline in the background.

More than 200 complaints about engine failure in the Honda Passport have been reported.
Photo: Honda

The Honda Pilot is a pretty harmless crossing it does a good job of getting you from A to B. Well, until the stop/start function messes up and kills your engine, then it’s less good to get you to your destinations. This Turns out enough people have encountered this particular problem problem for us safety regulators to initiate an investigation into the matter.

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an investigation into engine failures on Honda’s Pilot crossover after receiving more than 200 complaints that the engines were cutting out. According to regulators, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received 221 complaints alleging a problem with the auto start/stop feature in 2016-2019 Honda Driver cars.

The issues are all related to the auto stop/start feature some Honda cars must help improve fuel efficiency. Under certain conditions, the engine cuts out when the car comes to a complete stop. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal after a stop.

But some consumer reports and field tests by NHTSA alleged that the engine did not restart on its own after coming to a complete stop.

A photo of a navy blue Honda Passport crossover with mountains behind.

Engine stop/start issue affects 2016 to 2019 models.
Photo: Honda

NHTSA said in a Release:

“Complaints allege that the engine does not restart on its own after coming to a complete stop at a traffic light or intersection with the Auto Start/Stop feature enabled. Some of the complainants allege that a jump was required for the vehicle to restarts.

The problem is said to affect models equipped with the 3.5Liter engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, lawmakers warned that the default could also affect Honda Odyssey, Acura TLX and Acura MDX vehicles with the same 3.5-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission.

In an attempt to discover a fix for the problem, ODI has met Honda “on various occasions” and “found a correlation” with customer concerns about the defect. As a result, NHTSA will initiate preliminary assessments of the issue to “determine the extent and severity of the potential problem” and assess any safety-related issues.

According to documents released by NHTSA, the problem could affect up to 194,731 cars in the United States.

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