Opening and Closing the Tailgate.

Honda Pilot / Honda Pilot 2009-2023 Owner's Manual / Controls / Opening and Closing the Tailgate.

Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate

Always make sure individuals and objects are clear of the tailgate before opening or closing it.

Opening the tailgate

Open the tailgate all the way.

If it is not fully opened, the tailgate may come down accidentally by its own weight.

Be careful when it is windy. The wind may cause the tailgate to close.

Closing the tailgate

Keep the tailgate closed while driving to:

Avoid possible damage.

Prevent exhaust gas from leaking into the vehicle.

Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate

Models with power tailgate


Closing a power tailgate while anyone is in the path of the tailgate can cause serious injury. Make sure everyone is clear before closing the tailgate.

Be careful not to hit your head on the tailgate or to put your hands between the tailgate and the cargo area when closing the tailgate. When operating the power tailgate, make sure there is enough space around your vehicle. People near the tailgate may be seriously hurt if the tailgate hits or closes on their heads. Be especially cautious if children are around. When you are storing or picking up luggage from the cargo area while the engine is idling, do not stand in front of the exhaust pipe. You may get burned. Do not allow any passenger in the cargo space. They may get hurt during hard braking, a sudden acceleration, or a crash.

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