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That sounds scary indeed! Glad you managed to keep it under control. I always wondered why drivers didn't just shift to N when their engines raced out of control...

Just wondering, was the cruise control powered up at the time? (obviously not engaged)

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In late July, my wife experienced unexpected acceleration from our 2007 Odyssey EX-L while she was braking and turning into a parking space. The engine surged and threw her and our oldest onboard up over the curb of the median in front of the parking space and into a tree when the driver-side airbag deployed and finally shut-off the racing engine.


The dealer was unable to find any fault codes or anything mechanically wrong. I contacted Honda of N.A. and demanded they dispatch a regional field engineer to examine our car. After only a few hours of looking at it the engineer deemed our vehicle to be working as expected.


The lack of satisfaction and confidence in this not repeating prompted us to look at 2013 and 2014 Odyssey's to replace ours with, but I am glad I looked through NHTSA complaints. Apparently this even plagues the 2013.

This has apparently happened to at least twenty other people as evidenced by Complaints on the NHTSA's web site. I have searched model years 2007 through 2013 and found at least one complaint within each model year. Some years have a significant amount of them such as 2007 and 2008, but nonetheless even more recent model years are affected.

I am calling back our case manager at Honda N.A. Monday morning and demanding they address this. If this has ever happened to you, I hope you can file a case with Honda N.A. and a complaint with the NHTSA.

If you search on their site by Complaint ID (check the Complaints check box) and by pasting all of the following IDs I have identified (below) into the search field, you will see them.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID


2007

10361513
10348449
10339272
10303067
10361513


2008

10457531
10377890
10335173
10334451
10334097
10317887
10317562


2009

10439310
10438034
10326288


2010

10303687


2012

10509043
10482571
10510897


2013

10523255
Yes, My 2016 has the same problem since I bought it. I posted what happened to me (Irene-Pat) I have learned it is a programing problem in the car computer and Honda has NO fix for this. It is nerve wracking when it happens.
 

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I had a similar problem, the throttle cable was sticking on my '99 a couple years ago. At least on my generation, I'm not sure that the computer would not have any record of this.
I was on a side street with no traffic when it happened. I shifted into neutral and engaged the emergency brake. Opened the hood, and it took a bit of pressure to move the throttle back down. I checked the positioning of the throttle and cruise control cable, I think one of the cables might not have been routed properly. Or it could have been related to the cold January morning when it happened. Haven't had an issue since.
 
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