According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation in order to find out if some Honda hybrid vehicles are subject to unintended acceleration.
The federal regulators agreed to look into a complaint which ended with a fatal crash back in July 2005.
According to the report, a woman driving a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid said that when trying to use the breaks, the car sped up and couldn’t be controlled. As a result, she crossed into oncoming traffic.
The accident left the passenger dead and the driver disabled and also injured the occupants of two other vehicles. The driver listed 22 complaints from other owners or drivers about incidents involving Honda Accord and Civic hybrids, which seemed to be similar to her accident.
The other accidents also included inadequate braking performance while driving over uneven road surfaces. Honda did not comment any of this.
For those who don’t know, a big manufacturer affected by unintended acceleration was Toyota, which recalled 15.4 million vehicles worldwide.
More than 10 million of these the recalls were related to unintended acceleration. Back in 2005, the Honda sold 16,826 Accord Hybrid and 25,864 Civic Hybrid vehicles in the United States. [via autonews - sub. required]