The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1986 Honda Accord, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: HONDA HIGH ENGINE SPEED

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP87013

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 03, 1987
    • Date Closed: May 04, 1987
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling

    Summary: Honda high engine speed

  2. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT BUCKLE FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA94035

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Buckle Assembly

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: FUEL SYSTEM VENTING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA89005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 16, 1988
    • Date Closed: November 30, 1989
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: ===

  4. INVESTIGATION: FUEL SYSTEM VENTING

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE88062

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 21, 1988
    • Date Closed: November 16, 1988
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Summary: The four owner complaints involve five vehicles, three Accord and two legends. A search of ODI records pertaining to Honda safety recalls and dealer service bulletins revealed no information related to this subject.===

  5. INVESTIGATION: ACCORD SUDDEN ACCEL-SEE DP87-026

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP88008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 13, 1988
    • Date Closed: March 30, 1988
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Accord sudden accel-see DP87-026

  6. INVESTIGATION: SUDDEN ACCELERATION

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE86066

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 28, 1986
    • Date Closed: November 03, 1986
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Summary of information from manufacturer:information from Honda relevantto this PE was provided by letter dated 8 September and a presentation tonhtsa on 2 October.Honda has issued no technical service bulletins orother notifications to dealers relating to fuel flow and delivery, throttlecontrol, or engine malfunctions that may result in unintended suddenacceleration.the affected vehicles are equipped with a carburetor designwhich, according to Honda's evaluation, will not permit engine RPM toexceed a "fast idle" condition of 2000 RPM without driver actuation of thethrottle. Test data were provided to show that an engine speed of 2000 rpmwith the transmission in the "park" position would, when shifted into"drive", yield a vehicle speed of 8 mph after approximately 10 seconds.other test data were provided to support Honda's position that failedengine mounts would not contribute to sudden vehicle acceleration asalleged in this PE.analysis:the following are considered significant observations and/oranalytical assessments of the facts in this PE file: Othe alleged incidents are similar to those from other PE/ea filesin that they tend to emphasize occurrence of the phenomenon whenthe transmission is shifted from "park" into another gear. Oa high percentage of the reported occurrences also involveaccidents, but the relatively low percentage of injury accidentssuggests that most are low speed collisions. Ohonda has not identified, and ODI's analyses have not discovered, a trend of mechanical or electrical component failure with acausal relationship to the alleged occurrences.in addition to the above, analysis of the rates of alleged incidents, accidents, and injury accidents with respect to the total vehiclepopulation of 746,000, shows that the Honda Accord compares favorablyto other vehicles reported to have experienced similar occurrences.this analysis, together with other information acquired, shows that nodefect trend exists to justify continuation of investigative activity.proposed action:close this preliminary evaluation.===