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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,702 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Honda Pilot brakes problems

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2006 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 222014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 211 miles


The vehicle stability assist system may unexpectedly apply the brakes, causing the vehicle to slow without warning at highway speeds. Vsa control module may have been damaged and recalled in other Honda Pilot years. This malfunction can cause intermittent minor application of the brakes or if the driver were to apply the brakes while the vsa is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 172013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving at 30 mph my Honda Pilot 2006 when suddenly the truck accelerated on its own, that was truly surprising to me, the speed was over 100mph, I remember stepping on the brake and the truck did not stop, I remain shocked and I could not react, everything happened in seconds and I was trying not to kill someone I lost the control and crashed into a big metal pole.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 132012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
I just bought a used Honda Pilot after having a baby, needing a bigger and safer car for my kids. 5 days after buying my car the vsa light came on, so I took it to the dealership and they said they fixed it.3 weeks later it came back on and as I was driving with my kids in the car all of a sudden full brakes were applied for no reason. My foot was not even on the brake pedal, thank god no one was behind me.I had no idea why that had just happened. So I went online to research what the vsa system, not thinking the braking had anything to do with the vsa system, then I come across a Honda forum and find out this has happened to alot of other Pilot owners, and that the braking is connected to the vsa system. This is a dangerous hazard and should be addressed asap before someone gets killed. Unfortunately alot of people tailgate and if this were to have happened on the freeway it could have been deadly. I will also be writing a letter to Honda to see if there any kind of recourse for us Pilot owners.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Pilot. The contact was driving 10 mph when the brake pedal was depressed but the brakes seized and failed to release properly. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the vehicle stability control needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Miami Lakes , FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152010


  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2006 Honda Pilot which I believe has a similar problem as Toyota's recent recalls about sticky acceleration. I am the first owner of this SUV and noticed the problem during the very first year itself. That time my vehicle failed to stop on a stop sign. The problem I faced was when I applied brake, the car didn't stop and it continued in the acceleration mode and finally stopped after crossing the stop sign. I had reported this problem immediately to the Honda dealer, from where I purchased the vehicle. They inspected the vehicle and returned to me saying that they didn't find any problem. In fact they laughed at me that I didn't apply the brake properly. The dealer didn┐T document my concern. After that till now (almost 4 years) I am experiencing this kind of problem quite often. Because of this problem, I have to always make sure to brake an additional 2 or 3 feet ahead of my proposed stop as the vehicle may not stop where I think it should stop. If it does not stop, I brake harder and at that time I hear the acceleration is still on. I always ignored this problem mainly because this happens quite randomly like maybe a couple of times every month. I have not been able to figure out what exactly triggers this. Recently after reading about the Toyota recall, I have a feeling that my vehicle also has the similar problems and I notified the american Honda company. They actually didn't show much interest in addressing my problem mainly because my vehicle already has 52K miles and the warranty period (60K miles) will end soon. Should I be really concerned" are there any independent service engineers who can take a look at my vehicle"

- Jamesburg, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 212010


  • 33,000 miles
Hi, I have 2006 Honda Pilot having problems with brakes, sometimes when it goes over pot hole or through water or little ice the brakes stop working and it may cause bad accident.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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