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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,112 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

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2005 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 072011


  • 75,000 miles


I drive a 2005 Honda Pilot. My safety restraint indicator light came on a few days ago. Upon checking with the dealer, the system airbag contacts were found to be defective and need to be replaced. Thankfully, I have an extended warranty that covers repair, which is costly. My colleague also drives a 2005 Honda (element) and had the same indicator light come on within two days of mine. He doesn't have an extended warranty. The coincidence is too much. There must be something wrong with the safety restraints on 2005 Honda. Others must be experiencing similar issues.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 202009


  • 65,000 miles
Both the left and right airbag sensors for my 2005 Honda Pilot exl failed six months apart. In the first case, in February 2009, the sensor light came on while we were driving back to Pennsylvania from North Carolina. Examination at the Honda dealer in pa determined that one of the two front sensors had failed due to corrosion and an electrical short. The unit was replaced. Six months later the sensor light came on again and it was determined that the other sensor failed. The cause of the failure was corrosion and an electrical short. In both cases, the airbag would not have operated had their been an accident. The dealer claimed the failures were, "just one of those things". having worked with passive restraint systems in the past and having worked with nearly all automobile companies (including Toyota and Honda in Japan), I doubted this explanation. These were improperly manufactured and sealed sensors and corrosion/failure was inevitable. This is a rare failure if the components are manufactured properly.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 082010


  • 74,450 miles
Inop air bag switch Honda Pilot.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #1

May 052009


  • 130,000 miles
SRS airbag light came on my 2005 Honda Pilot for no apparent reason.

- Monroe Twp, NJ, USA

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