NHTSA Investigateing Honda Pilot

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the 2016-2020 Honda Pilot for a problem with the auto Stop/Start feature. According to the US safety regulator, it has received 221 complaints from customers who claim their vehicles left them stranded at stop signs and lights.

The issue, they claim, occurs when the vehicle comes to a stop at an intersection and the Stop/Start function turns off the engine. When the engine is turned off, some owners report that the vehicle does not automatically restart to allow them to continue their journey.

Although this is cause for concern in and of itself, some owners claim that their Honda Pilot was completely dead and needed to be jumped in order to start again.

The problem appears to be limited to Honda Pilot Touring and Elite trims equipped with the 3.5-litre V6 engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission. The NHTSA estimates that a total of 194,731 vehicles may be affected by this flaw.

The cause of the failure has not yet been revealed in the documents, but the NHTSA has stated that it is conducting a preliminary investigation to determine the scope and severity of the problem, as well as any potential safety concerns.

However, through its communications with Honda, NHTSA discovered that the problem is not limited to the Pilot. Other models equipped with the engine and transmission, such as the Honda Odyssey, Acura TLX, and Acura MDX, may also fail.