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The Vehicle Stability Assist system may unexpectedly apply the brakes, causing the vehicle to slow without warning.
What Should You Do?
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning April 12, 2013. If you are experiencing problems with the braking system, or you don't receive recall notification and you feel you should have, please contact your Honda/Acura dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Honda/Acura recall numbers are S87, S88, and S89.
The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system is designed to help keep the vehicle from skidding if the driver tries to round a corner too quickly. This is achieved by applying the brake at one or more wheels as necessary. During the manufacturing process an electrical capacitor in the VSA control module may have been damaged. This can cause intermittent minor application of the brakes or if the driver were to apply the brakes while the VSA is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop. Additionally, due to a loose electrical ground connection, on certain 2005 Pilots the VSA system may unexpectedly apply partial brake force without illumination of the brake lights. Sudden inadvertent braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a partial wiring harness containing a capacitor for the VSA system, the affected Pilots models will have their ground connection tightened.