2019 Honda Ridgeline - Brake Malfunction

I’m driving my new 2019 Honda Ridgeline north bound on a highway driving at about 40 mph a car at a local burger joint decides to pull onto the road making a left turn directly in front of me. I steered from the outside lane to the inside lane and hit my brake hard and my Honda Ridgeline barely attempted to make a hard stop. My tires never skid nor did my car make an agressive attempt to stop. The result was a impact collision my LF bumper hit the other drive in there LF fender causing damage to both vehicles. My opinion is the new Honda Ridgeline braking system is a major safety risk to all Honda owners.

Report to your dealer, Honda of America, and most importantly, NHTSA: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/?_ga=1.203170257.1767629473.1491918395&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5t2cr9Gz4wIVxbXACh0wFQRqEAAYASADEgJ9WvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Agreed… and have it checked for recalls. You can enter your VIN while on the NHTSA site while filing. There are 3 I found, but your dealer will know if these are for your truck. I didn’t see any like you describe, but they get resolved only after NHTSA and Honda knows about them.

Feb 2019 C&D car wash detergents poses a danger. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26360711/honda-ridgeline-fuel-pump-recall/

cars.com says NHTSA found a potential fail point on air bags.

Timing belt problem. https://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Ridgeline/2019/recalls/

Did your ABS activate? If so, the tires shouldn’t skid, as that’s the point of ABS.

Once your car is fixed, it should be pretty easy for a mechanic to slam on the brakes a few times and see if things are working properly. If you have an empty stretch of road nearby, you could also test the stopping distance yourself and compare it to any numbers that are published (although the tires that you’re currently using might make a difference here).

In panic situations like this many times what actually happened does not match what a persons mind thinks happened . And Lion9 is correct , the tires don’t skid with ABS systems .


After your Ridgeline is repaired ask you shop to test the effectiveness of the brakes by doing some emergency stops in a safe area. There’s no way for us internet folks to know if there’s a problem with the braking system or not. That has to be done by your dealership shop or independent if you want a second opinion.

A Ridgeline is a pickup truck. If you don’t have any weight in the bed, pickups are not great at stopping quickly. If there was any loose gravel on the road that could have also reduced your traction. ABS in some situations actually increases stopping distances but it does let you steer, which locking a front wheel will prevent.

If you heard a buzzing sound or felt a vibration in your brake pedal, that was your ABS stopping you from locking a wheel or skidding.