The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in 2016-2019 Honda Pilot earlier this month following over 200 reports from owners that the auto stop/start feature had left them stuck after failing to restart the engine. Based on Honda’s motobikeThe problem may also affect other models equipped Pilot of 3.5 liter V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, included Honda Odyssey, Acura TLX & Acura MDX.
“The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 221 complaints and several field reports alleging problems with the Auto Start/Stop feature on 2016-2019 Honda Pilot vehicles,” NHTSA’s the report said. “The complaints allege that the engine failed to restart on its own from a full stop at traffic lights or intersection with Auto Start/Stop function. Some complainants allege that a jump is required for the car to restart. The object is equipped with a 3.5L engine combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission. “
Honda’s internal data corroborated customer complaints filed with NHTSA, prompting the regulator to open an investigation – the first step towards what could become a recall campaign. Auto-stop/start is only offered on higher-end Pilot versions for the model years in question, however, vehicle numbers may be expanded or reduced prior to the issue of the recall. While automakers offer compensation programs for work done to deal with remember before they are officially announced, at this time there is no guarantee that a recall will occur. Until then, customers should sit back and wait for further guidance from Honda.