WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it was opening a formal safety probe into more than 1.1 million Honda Accord vehicles over sudden loss of steering control reports.
The agency said the engineering analysis covers 2013 through 2015 models and said "under normal driving conditions, with no warning or input from the driver, the vehicle may veer or jerk out of its intended path of travel."
Honda said it was aware of the investigation and "takes all safety-related concerns seriously and will continue to cooperate with the NHTSA through the investigation process, as we also continue our own internal review of the available information."
NHTSA said it has 107 complaints and two injury incidents related to the issue.
One consumer in Dunnellon, Fla., told NHTSA he was driving at 25 miles per hour and the "steering wheel took over the wheel and he could not control vehicle." The car went into the woods and hit some small trees. The vehicle was declared a total loss.
NHTSA received a petition asking for an investigation in October regarding an alleged defect in the steering system of 2013 Honda Accords.