Honda Motor Company is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles worldwide for defects that can suddenly apply a vehicle’s brakes without its driver’s involvement. According to a news report in The Associated Press, so far, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of these defective vehicles.

The Japanese automaker has announced that it is recalling more than 183,000 vehicles in the United States including the Acura RL, Acura MDX and Pilot models. More than 56,000 vehicles were recalled in Japan including the Odyssey and Legend Model.

In addition, 8,000 vehicles in Canada, 1,000 in Australia, 300 in Mexico and 70 in Germany, are being recalled. The recalled autos were manufactured between March 2004 and May 2006. Some drivers complained about the braking issue including 17 in Japan and one in the U.S. Officials say the braking problem is caused by “improper electronics and wiring in the vehicle-stability-assist system.”

Federal Probe

We reported in October about a probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after a Honda Pilot owner in Massachusetts reported that her 2005 Pilot would suddenly stop without her applying the brakes. A New York Times article stated that there was a total of 185 examples of “unexpected braking.”

Many vehicle owners complained that their cars quickly decelerated from highway speeds to near stop in highway travel lanes. At the time, federal investigators said they identified fault conditions that may result in false detection of a panic stop by the Brake Assist system resulting in unexpected, severe brake application.

Dangerous Defects

When the brakes are applied inadvertently or without warning, there is the potential for serious injury crashes. I trust NHTSA is looking into when Honda knew about these defective brakes and whether the manufacturer recalled the vehicles in a timely manner.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, it would be in your best interest to preserve the vehicle unaltered so it can be examined by an expert for any evidence of defects and malfunctions. If you own one of the vehicles included in this Honda recall, please get your vehicle examined for any potential problems.