Hondas Recalled for Brake Problems

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Mar 18, 2010 in Car Accidents

Approximately 410,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks will be recalled for problems with braking systems that could make it difficult to stop the vehicle if not repaired.

The recall targets 2007 and 2008 Honda Odysseys and Elements.

According to the manufacturer, brake pedals can feel soft and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. A spokesman said that if left unrepaired, the problem could cause loss of braking power and possibly a crash.

The NHTSA has reported three crashes due to the problem with minor injuries. There have been no fatalities reported.

According to a Honda spokesperson, Honda has traced the problem to the device that powers the electronic stability control system.When the device, called a “vehicle stability assist modulator,” tests itself when the vehicles are started, it allows a small amount of air into the hydraulic brake lines. Over time, an air bubble in the lines can cause a loss of braking power and require that the pedal be pushed farther toward the floor than normal to stop the vehicles
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