“2007-08 Odyssey and Element models may have brake problem “
More than 410,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and Element pickups could have a braking problem and are being recalled, the automaker announced Tuesday.
The recall includes 2007 and 2008 model vehicles.
In a statement, Honda urged motorists who own the affected cars to take them to a dealer for repair, saying failure to do so could lead to problems stopping the vehicles.
Officially, the recall is to modify the Vehicle Stability Assist modulator. Honda said it has received customer complaints of brake pedals that feel “soft” or that gradually exhibit a pedal height that gets lower (closer to the floor) before the vehicle stops. In affected vehicles, this condition tends to very slowly increase over time.
“Some VSA modulators were assembled in a manner that could allow air intrusion, making it possible for air to enter the modulator during the VSA self-check mode.,” Honda said in a statement. “While only a miniscule amount of air can enter the system during each check, over a period of months or years, the air will accumulate and can result in the soft brake pedal or low brake pedal condition symptoms associated with this issue. Although not all vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, we are recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly.”
Honda said it is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of these vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that their vehicle is affected. Notification to customers will start at the end of April.
Once owners of these vehicles receive written notification of this recall from Honda, they should contact their authorized Honda dealer to schedule an appointment for repair.
In addition to contacting customers by mail, after April 19, 2010, Honda says owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.comor call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.
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