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Honda Accord Hybrid Brake, Acceleration Claim Under U.S. Review

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing a claim from a Honda Accord Hybrid owner who said she was injured in a 2005 crash after the brakes failed and the vehicle accelerated instead.

The crash happened after the car drove over rumble strips, NHTSA said in a posting on its website. The driver’s attempts to brake failed, then the car “began to accelerate uncontrollably” and crossed into oncoming traffic, the agency said, citing the petition. NHTSA is evaluating the claim before deciding whether to open a formal defect investigation, according to the statement.

The accident resulted in the death of a passenger and the driver becoming disabled, NHTSA said. The petition identified 22 other complaints involving Honda hybrids that she said were similar, the agency said.

Jonathan Otto, a spokesman for Honda, didn’t immediately comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernie Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net.

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