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Was involved in a head on collision 2 weekends ago in the '16 Touring (won't go into more details insurance is still investigating)




I was the driver my wife was in the back seat with my daughter who is in a rear facing car seat.

Here are my thoughts...

1. We were all unharmed, I had some scratches and bruises on my arms from the airbag and a big bruise on my leg just below the knee (I guess my legs hit the dash pretty hard). I firmly believe the vehicle saved our lives right before the impact I thought we were going to be severely injured.

2. 3 airbags deployed. One in the steering wheel, the passenger curtain airbag and the passenger seat airbag (don't know why this deployed nobody was in that seat). The airbags deployed with incredible force, we had a bottle of hand sanitizer in the rear cup holder and the airbag produced enough force to shear the nozzle off of the bottle). The airbags saved me but the curtain and passenger seat airbag were overkill. Honda needs to look into why the passenger seat airbag deployed, the car was smart enough not to deploy the passenger dash airbag it should have been smart enough to not deploy the passenger seat airbag.

3. Immediately after the accident the first thing I remember was the Honda operator asking me if I needed emergency assistance. This feature worked flawlessly.

4. Despite extensive front end damage and a leaking radiator/AC condenser the car still ran. I was able to start it up and move it to the side of the road.

5. All the tech in the car to prevent collisions could do nothing to avoid this accident. However I firmly believe the design of the front impact zones saved our lives. Thank you Honda engineers!!!


If you are on the fence about buying a Pilot don't be. All the tech and look is nice but the vehicle itself is designed to save your life. We were so impressed that we just got a '17 Touring (same color same everything).

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Wow glad you are ok after looking at that picture.


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Wow Wholly SH!T.... That is really serious right there. WOW so glad you and your family was OK.

Not an expert but it looks like that offset hit to the front could have jarred someone's head into the side window..> But WOW! Glad you are alright!
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We totaled our '05 Pilot in '07.

It did a great job of not harming anyone.

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Wow. Glad everyone is mostly OK.

But I don't understand the complaints about "unnecessary" airbag deployments. Especially the side curtain airbag. AFAIK there are no occupancy sensors for the rear seats, nor warnings for unbuckled passengers in the rear seats. Bad Things Happen when people get ejected from vehicles, and a major role of the side curtain airbags is to keep the occupants inside the vehicle. Impact of unrestrained passengers against the relatively unpadded vehicle sides and windows isn't good either. We don't have details on whether the car got spun around, but I believe there are yaw rate ( spin ) sensors and probably lateral acceleration sensors in addition to impact sensors. In the absence of detailed information on occupancy of the vehicle, the supplemental restraint system must be designed to react as if the car is full of unbuckled little kids.

There are details on all the systems of the car in the service info Anekin007 has posted. Look under "System Descriptions" if you are curious. But I think these airbag deployments fall squarely under the heading of "better safe than sorry". Once again, glad everyone walked away ( and didn't fly away! ).
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Glad everyone was okay.

Honda's refusal to add knee air bags to the Pilot redesign really makes me question their integrity. It's like a punishment for not buying the MDX.

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Glad everyone was ok! A head on collision is a serious thing.

Honda did their job in the Pilot's structural integrity and making sure occupants are safe. I didn't know the MDX has knee air bags. Maybe in next year's model we'll get that as a hands me down.

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glad you and the family are okay. please update us when you can on the other vehicle involved when the time is right.

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Was involved in a head on collision 2 weekends ago in the '16 Touring (won't go into more details insurance is still investigating)




I was the driver my wife was in the back seat with my daughter who is in a rear facing car seat.

Here are my thoughts...

1. We were all unharmed, I had some scratches and bruises on my arms from the airbag and a big bruise on my leg just below the knee (I guess my legs hit the dash pretty hard). I firmly believe the vehicle saved our lives right before the impact I thought we were going to be severely injured.

2. 3 airbags deployed. One in the steering wheel, the passenger curtain airbag and the passenger seat airbag (don't know why this deployed nobody was in that seat). The airbags deployed with incredible force, we had a bottle of hand sanitizer in the rear cup holder and the airbag produced enough force to shear the nozzle off of the bottle). The airbags saved me but the curtain and passenger seat airbag were overkill. Honda needs to look into why the passenger seat airbag deployed, the car was smart enough not to deploy the passenger dash airbag it should have been smart enough to not deploy the passenger seat airbag.

3. Immediately after the accident the first thing I remember was the Honda operator asking me if I needed emergency assistance. This feature worked flawlessly.

4. Despite extensive front end damage and a leaking radiator/AC condenser the car still ran. I was able to start it up and move it to the side of the road.

5. All the tech in the car to prevent collisions could do nothing to avoid this accident. However I firmly believe the design of the front impact zones saved our lives. Thank you Honda engineers!!!


If you are on the fence about buying a Pilot don't be. All the tech and look is nice but the vehicle itself is designed to save your life. We were so impressed that we just got a '17 Touring (same color same everything).
Yikes! Sorry to hear of this misfortune. But, glad to hear all are okay (especially your little one)!

I used to drive a '96 Acura Integra and went head on into the front left corner of a rock solid El Camino going about 30 mph. Although my car was totaled, I walked away with no injuries and actually helped the old lady driving the El Camino.

Needless to say, I trust the Honda engineers! Who would have thought a tiny Acura could stand up to an El Camino?!?! Honda's and Toyota's for this guy!
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Glad to hear everyone is ok. Very curious why collision mitigation didn't help....


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OP did say it was a head-on collision. Honda Sensing wouldn't have been able to stop the other vehicle from running into him.

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OP did say it was a head-on collision. Honda Sensing wouldn't have been able to stop the other vehicle from running into him.

While I'm not a Honda Sensing expert, Tesla and several other CM systems are actively avoiding or reducing head-on collision impacts. The technology is out there, slowly getting better.

I said I was interested in the circumstances to understand what the vehicle DID or didn't do. No need to jump down my throat.


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Probably because Integra's never had sensing. They were great cars though.

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Won't help if someone is barreling at you.
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Won't help if someone is barreling at you.


... was exactly my point.
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