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NHTSA may probe runaway Honda claim

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Federal auto safety regulators will review a request for a full investigation into whether some Honda hybrid vehicles are at risk for sudden acceleration.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice posted on its website today it would review the request from a driver of a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid involved in a fatal July 2005 crash.

NHTSA was heavily criticized by Congress for failing to do more to investigate sudden acceleration complaints at Toyota Motor Corp.

In the Honda complaint, the driver — who is now disabled — alleges "while traversing rumble strips along side of the highway and simultaneously attempting to (apply) the brake, the brakes were ineffective and the vehicle began to accelerate uncontrollably."

The complaint said it "began a chain of events where the vehicle eventually crossed over into traffic flowing in the opposite direction. The end result was the death of her passenger and injuries to the occupants of two other vehicles."

The driver identified 22 additional complaints involving other Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles in NHTSA's database of crashes that the petitioner felt represented similar incidents where the braking performance was inadequate under conditions of braking while driving over uneven road surfaces.

A Honda spokesman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The review could affect 25,000 vehicles. NHTSA will decide whether to open a formal investigation after it complete its review.

Toyota has recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide during the past year, many for sudden acceleration issues. Toyota blamed the problem on driver error, faulty floor mats, sticky accelerator pedals and design issues for the complaints.

NHTSA has received more than 3,000 reports of sudden acceleration from Toyota drivers since 2000, including 93 deaths.

NHTSA has been taking a more aggressive stance to investigating issues in general.

Despite a half-dozen NHTSA investigations through 2007, Toyota only agreed to recall just 55,000 floor mats that could have interfered with the gas pedal.

Toyota officials bragged in late 2007 that they saved more than $100 million by deterring U.S. safety officials from ordering costly repairs to prevent runaway vehicles.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101122/AUTO01/11220382/NHTSA-may-probe-runaway-Honda-claim#ixzz1633Gc7Tw

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Honda Accord hybrid brake, acceleration claim under U.S. review

Laurén Abdel-Razzaq

Automotive News -- November 22, 2010 - 2:47 pm ET

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into whether some Honda hybrid vehicles are prone to unintended acceleration.

The federal auto safety regulator said today it had agreed to look into a complaint stemming from a fatal July 2005 crash.

The driver of a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid said she was driving over rumble strips on the side of a freeway when she tried to apply the brakes. Instead of slowing, the driver claimed, the car sped up uncontrollably and crossed into oncoming traffic. The resulting accident left the passenger dead and the driver disabled and injured the occupants of two other vehicles, NHTSA said on its Web site.

The agency will investigate the claim before launching a formal probe.

Using NHTSA's crash database, the driver listed 22 complaints from other owners or drivers about incidents involving Honda Accord and Civic hybrids that she felt were similar to her accident.

In her petition, she said the other incidents also featured inadequate braking performance while driving over uneven road surfaces.

Honda did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Congress has lambasted NHTSA for failing to do more following complaints about unintended acceleration involving Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles.

In the past year, Toyota has recalled 15.4 million vehicles worldwide, more than 10 million of them related to complaints about alleged unintended acceleration.

In 2005, Honda sold 16,826 Accord Hybrid and 25,864 Civic Hybrid vehicles in the United States.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101122/RETAIL05/101129979/1147#ixzz163P6Qzbc

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NHTSA Investigating Honda Accord Hybrid for Uncontrollable Acceleration

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] has opened up a preliminary investigation to review a claim from an owner of a 2005MY Honda Accord Hybrid who said that in 2005, she was involved in an accident after the car lost braking power subsequent to crossing over rumble strips, then accelerated uncontrollably.

According to the report, the car crashed into oncoming traffic and killed her passenger. The driver of the vehicle alleges the crash left her disabled while the occupants of two other vehicles were also injured.

The safety agency added that the petition identified 22 other complaints involving Honda Accord and Civic hybrids that the driver felt represented similar incidents where the braking performance was inadequate under conditions of braking while driving over uneven road surfaces.

The NHTSA said it will investigate the case and decided whether or not to issue a recall for the affected Honda Accords. Scroll down to read the full report from the safety agency.

NHTSA Release

A defect petition letter was received by the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) requesting a formal investigation and recall of MY 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid vehicles for a possible safety defect related to braking performance. The petitioner (with assistance from another consumer due to her injuries) filed a complaint with ODI under Vehicle Owner Questionnaire (VOQ) 10329383.

In the complaint the petitioner described being involved in a crash on July 23, 2005 while driving a subject vehicle. Summarily, the complaint alleges while traversing rumble strips along side of the highway and simultaneously attempting to the brake, the brakes were ineffective and the vehicle began to accelerate uncontrollably.

This began a chain of events where the vehicle eventually crossed over into traffic flowing in the opposite direction. The end result was the death of her passenger and injuries to the occupants of two other vehicles. The petitioner also alleges the crash left her disabled.

Subsequent to the incident on July 23, 2005, the petitioner did a search of ODI's complaint database and identified 22 additional complaints involving other Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles that the petitioner felt represented similar incidents where the braking performance was inadequate under conditions of braking while driving over uneven road surfaces. ODI will evaluate the petition for a grant of deny decision.

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/11/nhtsa-investigating-honda-accord-hybrid.html

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NHTSA may probe hybrid Accord's acceleration

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether to open a full-fledged investigation into possible acceleration problems with the Honda Accord gas-electric hybrid, according to documents posted on the agency's Web site Monday.

A woman, who was not identified, filed a complaint seeking an investigation and recall of the 2005 Accord Hybrid after a crash in July 2005 that disabled her and left a passenger dead. She said her car crashed into oncoming traffic after she drove over rumble strips on the side of a highway. The vehicle lost braking power then accelerated on its own, the woman said.

An investigation would affect about 25,000 vehicles, the NHTSA said.

The NHTSA said it will decide whether to investigate the Accord Hybrid for possible recall because of problems with antilock brake controls. Its documents said the woman found 22 similar complaints in its database involving Accord and Civic hybrids. The similar incidents involved inadequate brake performance while driving over uneven surfaces, the documents said.

Honda's main rival, Toyota, has been plagued by a series of complaints about unintended acceleration that have resulted in the recall of more than 10 million vehicles worldwide during the last year.

Read more: NHTSA may probe hybrid Accord's acceleration | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101123/BUSINESS01/11230332/NHTSA-may-probe-hybrid-Accord-s-acceleration#ixzz16748WHCe

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Report: NHTSA reviewing Honda Accord Hybrid sudden acceleration claim

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Nov 23rd 2010 at 1:32PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation in to mid-2000s Honda Accord and Civic hybrid models after receiving a complaint that originated from a fatal crash in July of 2005. In this instance, the driver of a 2005 Accord Hybrid said that she was driving over rumble strips on the side of a highway, and when she tried to apply the brakes, the car sped up and caused her to cross into oncoming traffic. NHTSA reports that the resulting accident caused the Accord's passenger to die, while the driver sustained disabling injuries.

It's no surprise that NHTSA is being particularly careful these days when receiving complaints citing unintended or sudden acceleration, especially after the series of Toyota recall fiascoes earlier this year. Using NHTSA's crash database, the Accord driver found 22 other incidents similar to hers, all of which involved Honda Accord and Civic hybrids. NHTSA plans to further research this individual complaint before starting an official investigation into these Honda vehicles. Hat tip to Frank W!

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/23/report-nhtsa-reviewing-honda-accord-hybrid-sudden-acceleration/

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