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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
213,065 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 #8

Aug 182014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the passenger in the middle section was stuck with the seat belt around his neck. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road, attempted to release the passenger but the seat belt seized, and the seat belt buckle was stuck. The passenger sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Patton, PA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

Jan 142014


  • miles


A 91 year old passenger could not release the buckle because of placement or necessary strength.the buckle should be near the middle of the waist or chest foe quick release in case of accident or other impairment due to health or if someone is trying to release it for someone. It made me think of the number of our paratroopers that drowned in europe because the release was poorly conceived. The british had a one buckle release right on their chest that saved many lives.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032013


  • 178,040 miles
My 8 year old grandson was sitting in the seat right behind the passenger front seat. He complained that the seatbelt kept getting tighter and tighter. He released the seatbelt and it retracted all the way back where it has been ever since. It no longer pulls forward more than 2 inches. This is a safety issue in that the seatbelt is no longer functional. Plus, I was very worried for my grandson because it was getting so tight on him. Any small child could become trapped. I was just relieved that he was still able to reach the latch and buckle and safely release it.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Mar 232010


  • 50,000 miles
We bought a second hand 2005 Honda Pilot one year ago. The issue is that the front passenger side seatbelt has been worn thin (to the point where it will almost certainly fail in a crash) by what appears to be a poorly made bucikle. Where the seat belt strap runs through the buckle there appears to be a rough edge that has slowly worn through the fabric of the belt itself. The two Honda garages we contacted refused to repair the vehicle under warranty, so we have paid a local garage to fit a new belt. There has been no incident with respect to this, but we are reporting this in case others have had the same issue.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 112010


  • 197,000 miles
Seat belt front passenger unsnaps unexpected while car is in motion. The car warranty covered replacement; dealer replaced seat belt. This is a potential loss of life safety hazard.

- Westminster, MD, USA

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