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March 17, 2010

US: Honda to recall 412,000 vehicles in US

Honda in the US has said it will recall about 412,000 vehicles due to a problem that causes the brake pedal to feel 'soft'.

Honda in the US has said it will recall about 412,000 vehicles due to a problem that causes the brake pedal to feel ‘soft’.

Honda said the recall involves approximately 344,000 Odyssey and 68,000 Element vehicles from the 2007-2008 model years in the US to modify the ‘Vehicle Stability Assist’ (VSA) modulator.

Honda 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, it said, 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. 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, Honda says it is recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly. 

According to US media, NHTSA has reported three crashes due to the problem with minor injuries and no deaths.

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