Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: We all want our SUVs to be able to stop on a dime, just not randomly and without warning. But that's what was happening to 2005 Pilot owners: their vehicles were slamming on the brakes even when they didn't. A government investigation of this problem led to a recall in March of 2013.

Another issue that keeps popping up is transmission fluid mixing with coolant in the radiator which is causing transmission failure, a costly repair to say the least.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,912 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Pilot seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #13

Jul 022012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

SRS indicator light will not go out. Reset mes - and cleared memory. SRS light still active. Mechanic found problem with front airbag sensor. Luckily no incident at this time, but can't find warranty coverage data?! or recall despite numerous complaints like this!

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 062012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 86,208 miles
Airbag front impact sensors failed on 2005 Honda Pilot ex. There was a recall for this same issue on the 2005 Honda Odyssey. There should be a recall for this issue. How does a front airbag sensor go bad. This should have been handled by Honda. A recall should be issued for this reason. I know several people with different model Honda that are having the same issue and are being charged hundreds of dollars. There is also a transmission problem with the Pilot radiators that I will fill out another complaint for. Thank you.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 252012

Pilot

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The driver side front air bag did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the back, neck and right ankle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #10

Jun 152011

Pilot

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

SRS warning light goes on and stays on for days, then goes off and seems ok for a while. Sometimes it comes on briefly and goes off. Lately it has come on again and has not gone off for a couple of weeks straight. There has been no accident or airbag deployment in this vehicle.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 302011

Pilot

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated while driving 48 mph the vehicle crashed into another vehicle head on and went into an embankment. None of the air bags deployed. The vehicle was destroyed as a result of the crash. The contact suffered injuries to the head, neck and shoulder. The front passenger also suffered injuries to the shoulder, neck, mouth, and face. The rear passenger suffered injuries to the head, leg, and broken ribs. All of the passengers were transported to the hospital. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The contact stated that if the air bags deployed several of the injuries could have been avoided. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Piedmount, WV, USA

problem #8

Jan 042010

Pilot

  • 102,000 miles
I was traveling at 45 mph down a 2 lane road. A 1998 Toyota Camry traveling at 50 mph in the opposite direction turned into my lane. The driver hit the left front of my vehicle without braking. The impact forced my Pilot onto two wheels coming down on the front hood of her car. The impact forced me from the road through a ditch, I hit a concrete culvert with the right front of my vehicle which sent my entire vehicle airborne. I landed in the middle of a gravel road and continued into a yard where I sheared off two utility pole support wires. The impact destroyed the left front of my vehicle, breaking all of the suspension components including the sway bar and control arms. It also did suspension damage to the right front of my vehicle. The impact also destroyed the rocker panel and both left side doors on my vehicle along with all four alloy wheels and tires. I hit the side windows with my head several times and also contacted the "a" pillar with my head. The passenger in the front seat also sustained neck/ head injuries contacting the "a" pillars and windshield. Neither the side impact of frontal impact air bags deployed. I contacted the dealer and the manufacturer about my concerns on multiple occasions. Neither was concerned about the failure. The total collision damage was $13,700.

- Austin, IN, USA

problem #7

Jan 042010

Pilot

  • 102,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was traveling at 45 mph down a 2 lane road. A 1998 Toyota Camry traveling at 50 mph in the opposite direction turned into my lane. The driver hit the left front of my vehicle without braking. The impact forced my Pilot onto two wheels coming down on the front hood of her car. The impact forced me from the road through a ditch, I hit a concrete culvert with the right front of my vehicle which sent my entire vehicle airborne. I landed in the middle of a gravel road and continued into a yard where I sheared off two utility pole support wires. The impact destroyed the left front of my vehicle, breaking all of the suspension components including the sway bar and control arms. It also did suspension damage to the right front of my vehicle. The impact also destroyed the rocker panel and both left side doors on my vehicle along with all four alloy wheels and tires. I hit the side windows with my head several times and also contacted the "a" pillar with my head. The passenger in the front seat also sustained neck/ head injuries contacting the "a" pillars and windshield. Neither the side impact of frontal impact air bags deployed. I contacted the dealer and the manufacturer about my concerns on multiple occasions. Neither was concerned about the failure. The total collision damage was $13,700.

- Austin, IN, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010

Pilot

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. While driving 45 mph, the contact was involved in a crash. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained cervical radiculopathy, knee replacement, shoulder reconstruction, and numbness in his hands. A passenger sustained injuries to the neck. A police report was filed. The dealer advised the contact to call the manufacturer for assistance. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The dealer repaired the entire left front suspension, steering, anti sway bar, and the front wheel. The current and failure mileages were 100,000.

- Alston , IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 152010

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 121,693 miles
I am the original owner of a 2005 Honda Pilot. My problem is that the airbag light has come on in my vehicle. I was told by the dealership that my airbags will not deploy in case of a crash. I had to initially pay 100 dollars just to get them to look at it and now I am having to wait up to 2 months for the part that is backordered. I am very scared that something may happen and I will not be protected.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 282010

Pilot

  • 55,000 miles
Vsa light and SRS light 2005 Honda Pilot.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 232010

Pilot

  • 57,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Wanted to call to your attention that the front impact sensor on my Honda Pilot 2005 needs replaced. The dealership says the part is on backorder with unknown availability. Without being replaced I was informed that none of my vehicles airbags will work currently. Also he stated that he has had to order 3 in the last week for other customers who have had the same problem from that dealership alone. Should this be considered for a recall?

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 062009

Pilot

  • 60,000 miles
After rear ending another vehicle, significant damage done to the front end of the Honda Pilot, and to air bags deployed.

- Kemah, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 262005

Pilot 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Caller's wife while driving the vehicle it was hit in the right front wheel area, and air bag deployed. Caller's wife hands were burned very badly. Caller believed a subs tango from the air bags burned wife's hands. The substance was a gray color and was embedded in her skin and cudgel's. she had bumps and bruises. But the burns were making her extremely uncomfortable, and she was having a hard time. Dealer/ manufacturer had not been contacted. A police report was filed. She had to go to the doctor twice to get an ointment and pain pills.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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