DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The federal government investigating possible problems in both Hyundai and Honda vehicles.
WWJ Auto Beat reporter Jeff Gilbert says the Hyundai problem is with a fastener that could come loose on the 2011 Sante Fe, which could potentially cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle. “It’s only happened once in the real world,” said Gilbert.
The government is trying to determine if there is an issue that could be solved with a recall, although no recall has been ordered just yet.
Meantime, U.S. safety officials are also investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV.
The probe covers nearly 88,000 Pilots from the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The Pilot is a big seller with families because of its space and reputation for quality.
Here are details of the government investigation:
THE PROBLEM: The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday.
None yet, but investigators are looking at problems with a computer-controlled system that stops the vehicle as fast as possible in emergency situations. Honda says it’s cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.
INJURIES: No crashes or injuries have been reported.
COMPLAINTS: The safety agency says it began the probe after getting a request from a consumer in April. The government and Honda have received 205 complaints about the problem. One driver says a Pilot stopped three times without warning, once on an Interstate. After each case, mechanics couldn’t recreate the problem, but eventually they suspected faulty brake controls.
“If we continue driving the car, we are scared we may injure ourselves or others,” the driver writes.
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