Malfunction Idle-Stop Feature in Honda Vehicles

Honda Vehicles Experiencing Idle-Stop Feature Issues

American Honda Motor Company has sold thousands of vehicles with a critical auto feature that puts drivers and others at serious risk of injury. That auto feature is the idle-stop system.

What is the Idle-Stop System?

According to Honda, the idle-stop feature maximizes fuel efficiency by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is idling. If the car is stationary for more than two seconds in stop-and-go traffic or at the traffic light, the engine will automatically shut off to save gas. Other functions of the vehicle, like the AC, will continue to power on. The engine will restart itself when the driver releases the brake pedal.

Vehicles Impacted

Honda’s vehicles equipped with the idle-stop feature include the following:

  • 2016-2020 Honda Pilot
  • 2015-2020 AcuraTLX
  • 2015-2020 Honda Odyssey
  • 2019-2020 Honda Passport
  • 2015-2020 Acura MDX

What is the Issue?

Some common issues with the idle-stop system include the engine turning off while driving, difficulty starting the engine, and the system not engaging or disengaging correctly. Some various factors that can cause these issues include a malfunctioning sensor, a low battery, or a software glitch.

A Dangerous Situation

When the idle-stop system fails to restart the engine as designed, it can put drivers in a tough spot if they can’t move their vehicles from intersections, freeway onramps, or other heavy traffic locations.

Honda owners are stuck with towing expenses and paying for repairs and unnecessary replacement parts. However, drivers said this is more than an inconvenience as this defect puts them in a dangerous situation that can lead to severe injuries or wrongful death.

Honda Knows About the Idle-Stop Issue

Reports show Honda is aware of the idle-stop issues because the automaker contacted dealerships in 2018 and informed them about idle-stop feature complaints on the 2018 Honda Pilot and 2018 Honda Odyssey vehicles.

In 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the idle-stop feature defect after over 200 complaints were filed. Today, Honda has not issued a recall or offered to extend warranties for the idle-stop malfunction.

How an Injury Lawyer Can Help You

You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect. Filing a claim can be a complicated and overwhelming process, especially when dealing with the legal and insurance aspects of the situation. This is where a personal injury lawyer can help.

Our injury attorneys at can provide invaluable assistance in navigating the legal system and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We can assess the specifics of your case, provide guidance on the appropriate course of action, and handle negotiations with insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident.

Our team can investigate the accident to determine the cause of the auto product defect, which may involve conducting interviews with witnesses and experts, reviewing medical records, and obtaining the necessary documents to build a strong case.

Most importantly, we can protect your rights and ensure that you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies or other parties involved in the accident. We will fight for your interests and advocate on your behalf, helping to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

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Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. If you or a family member has been harmed in an accident caused by an idle-stop system issue or another auto defect, it is crucial to contact our law office as soon as possible. We can provide the legal expertise and support needed to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.

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