Honda recalls Acura MDX, RLX over automatic braking glitch

Honda recalls Acura MDX, RLX over automatic braking glitch

Honda has issued a recall for the Acura RLX and MDX to fix a problem with the collision-avoidance system.

The company first received a report of problems when a vehicle in Japan was involved in an accident after its emergency braking system improperly engaged, causing a rear-end collision.

The problem was traced to a deficiency in the software logic, which misinterprets certain roadside objects, such as metal fences and guardrails, as obstacles that warrant automatic application of the brakes.

“If the CMBS unexpectedly applies emergency braking force while driving, there is an increased risk of a crash,” the company said in a statement.

The issue affects approximately 19,500 vehicles, including the 2014-2015 MDX, 2014-2015 RLX and 2014 RLX Hybrid. Engineers have developed a software update that is expected to fix the problem.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation focused on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is currently attempting to determine if the SUVs are suffering from a similar problem, after a handful of owners reported frustration after the vehicle automatically slammed on the brakes without any imminent threat from obstacles in the road ahead.

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