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.


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

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Honda Pilot seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Honda Pilot:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #33

Feb 122014


  • 240,000 miles


I noticed that the airbag sensor light is on. Took it to the dealer and he said it needs to be replaced. $350. There are too many documented incidents where the 2005 Honda Pilot is having this problem. Especially when there was no impact. We as consumers need to make this clear to Honda that this is a safety issue that needs to addressed.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #32

Apr 012014


  • 875,000 miles
SRS warning light will not go out. Cannot afford diagnostics test or new sensors. Should be recalled for safety. Many other Honda Pilot owners have same problem. Thanks

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 102014

Pilot 6-cyl Diesel

  • 146,075 miles
Recently my airbag light on the dash was not going off, took it in for a "$98.90 diagnosis" for them to determine there is no signal from either impact sensor. This is a huge safety issue in my eyes and from what I have read many of these vehicles have had the same problem. I am being told it will cost me $477 to fix this issue, $127 for parts and $350 for labor, I can't afford this right now. This is putting me and my family at risk. I am the original owner and haven't had an accident where the airbags have ever deployed, I hope I never do. You need to fix this Honda! make the right call and recall the 2005 Pilot for this issue please!

- New Durham, NH, USA

problem #30

Apr 022014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 98,500 miles


Vehicle was taken to dealership for recall on other parts and we told them the airbag safety restraint light has been on for several months. We were told the diagnosis would cost 38 dollars plus tax. They diagnosed faulty left and right front airbag sensors. They told us in an accident the airbags would not deploy. This item would not be covered under warranty and would have to be done at our expense. After much objection they said " sorry there's nothing we can do about it". with that we were told we would have to schedule the repair at a later date and parts would have to be ordered. The dealer sent us on our way knowing if we crashed, especially in a front end impact, the airbags on their product they sold to us as "safe for the whole family" would not deploy. Unacceptable!! please help.

- Earlville, NY, USA

problem #29

May 112012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when another vehicle crashed into the contact's rear, pushing the vehicle forward. The contact's vehicle rolled down an embankment and landed on the driver's side. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and the contact suffered multiple fractures of the lumbar spine. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the air bag failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 70,000..updated 05-09-14

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #28

Mar 032014

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
SRS light is on from researching it, this could be seat belt restraints, or many airbags.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #27

Jun 142013


  • 147,750 miles


Air bag warning light illuminated when car was started. Brought it to the dealership and they told me both front impact sensors were no longer functioning.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #26

Nov 222013


  • 102,000 miles
The SRS light in my 2005 Honda Pilot is full on red. It started a few weeks before flashing but going off. Then it stayed on for a day and then it went off from a day. Now it's on all the time. I took it to the dealer and it wasn't covered under the extended warranty. It is the opds seat sensor and faulty power supply. This will cost me $989 on top of the $81 I paid to have the SRS light diagnosed. I feel this is a safety issue and Honda should take car of this.

- Orangevale,, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 022013


  • 140,000 miles
No accident and air bag light for passenger was on and off intermittently and then most recently the air bag warning light is permanently on the dashboard. From reading the complaints, it appears that the sensor/ wiring is faulty and I'm going to be stuck with another planned obsolescence bill and my safety is in jeopardy until I am able to pay Honda for their part and labor. Now that's an offer one can't refuse.

- Bangor, PA, USA

problem #24

Jun 122013


  • 152,000 miles
This incident has happened on a few occasions with me driving the vehicle and additionally with my wife driving (she drives it the most). I started the vehicle, placed it in gear and started to drive it up the street. As I approached a traffic light, I glanced at the speedometer, and noticed the maintenance required and SRS light on. This puzzled me because we never experienced any issues with the vehicle other than regular maintenance lights (filters, oil change, etc). I turned the vehicle off for a few seconds, restarted it and the light went out. Afew weeks later, it happened again. The difference was that this time I noticed it right after putting the vehicle in drive and driving off. Thinking it happened because of a possible glitch in the ignition, I immediately pulled over and turned the vehicle off and restarted it. Just like the first time, the light didn't come back on. The 3rd time it happened, it remained on the entire time I drove and to and from the grocery store. Now, it pretty much does it intermittently - cycling intermittent to steady at various times. After searching online for recalls, I read several complaints from drivers in various states (usa), they are experiencing the same problem and have voiced it to Honda but they haven't issued a recall; thus stating that the airbag may not deploy during an accident and they are not responsible. Instead Honda dealers are willing to charge approx. $120 for diagnostics and $300+ for repair - which is entirely unfair to us consumers. However Honda, issued a recall on the 2005 Honda Odyssey which had very similar (if not exact) problems with its SRS. Honda is aware of this issue and doesn't seem to care about the safety of the motorists. This is clearly a safety issue and need to be recalled on these vehicles.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #23

Aug 112013


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side door and none of the air bags deployed. The contact also mentioned that the passenger had a concussion, and his child's elbow and knee were injured. The vehicle was destroyed and it was towed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #22

Aug 262013


  • 94,000 miles
SRS light remained on. Paid $119 T Honda to do diagnosis [they won't do it without paying the fee]. results said that it's a failed left side front sensor. Dealer asking for $285 on top of the fee. Based on the complaints here, Honda should be investigated as this might be a potential recall as its a safety issue. My Pilot has never been in an accident so no cause for the sensor to be defective other than poor design/workmanship and Honda should stand behind safety.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jul 062013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Air bag indicator light came on after starting vehicle and stayed on while driving. Light stayed on consistently for up to 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, light illumination was intermittent. Took the vehicle to the dealer and dealer diagnosed that the right front air bag sensor was bad and needed to be replaced at a cost of $345. Dealer indicated this was not covered under warranty for the life of the vehicle. Noticed there have been many complaints for this same issue for the 2005 Honda Pilot. Also noticed there was a recall for this issue on the 2005 Honda Odyssey. Why is there not a recall for this issue on the 2005 Honda Pilot? a device critical to the overall safety system of the vehicle, which is not a wear item on the vehicle, should not fail. If it does, it should be replaced at no cost to the consumer.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 012013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
My air bag light was on and I was not able to get an inspection sticker. I brought it to the Honda dealer in seekonk, MA to find out what was wrong and they said it was a sensor that needed to be replaced and cost $450. I would think since this is a safety issue there was some recall ? they told me if I was hit on the left side of my car the airbag would not work. Not to mention I have already had to replace the engine in 2009! the car was only 4 years old.

- Somerset , MA, USA

problem #19

Mar 222013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 91,683 miles
Right front airbag impact sensor failure. Just replaced the left front about 6 weeks prior. Planned obsolescence by Honda, I guess.

- White River Junction, VT, USA

problem #18

Mar 152013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
The SRS light is on. I know there was a recall on this for earlier model Pilot. I was wondering if this is possibly the same recall as well.

- Pennington, NJ, USA

problem #17

Mar 172013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 137,480 miles
The airbag/seatbelt light came on while pulling out of a parking space. The vehicle has never been in any accidents. Many Honda Pilot owners are having the same problem. Honda says they are not responsible if the airbag does not deploy in an accident. This a known issue Honda should do a recall.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 252013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 89,613 miles
Drivers front airbag impact sensor failure.

- White River Junction, VT, USA

problem #15

Aug 082012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving, airbag, (!), vsa, vtc and brake lights all lit up. Horn stopped working as did all controls from steering wheel (cruise, radio airbag light). I pulled over, everything seemed to work but lights would not turn off. Went to Honda in ft pierce, fl. Was told it's probably a low battery. Replaced battery, lights all stayed on. Contacted johnston Honda in stuart, fl. Head mechanic told me he had no idea what would cause this and if he ran it on diagnostics, it could take 8 hours at $80 an hour and he still may not find the problem. Brought this lemon to local mechanic who ran on diagnostics for 2 hours. Could not find problem so he did not charge. As almost all other complaints above, while driving at 35 to 40 the car starts to shudder as though it will turn off. Was told it's possibly defective motor mounts. I have contacted american Honda motor works in California with these issues and they essentially told me to 'gfy'. stated car is not their problem.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 292012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 138,200 miles
I am the original owner of a 2005 Honda Pilot exl. The SRS light came on while driving the vehicle and did not go off. There has been no impact to the vehicle. Upon inspection, the Honda dealership stated that the passenger front impact sensor failed. The sensor must be replaced at a cost of $305. If not replaced, the airbag would not be deployed in an accident. There have been similar incidents reported by other 2005 Honda Pilot owners and this issue should be addressed by NHTSA.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

Read the next 13 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?