Honda Motor Corp. is issuing a recall on approximately 412,000 of its Odyssey minivan and Element SUV due to brake problems that have caused some crashes. Announced on Tuesday March 16th, Honda received many complaints from drivers of ’07 and ‘08 models that their brakes had become “soft” and lost effectiveness over time.
The company says that a manufacturing defect is allowing air to slowly enter into the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator, which causes the brakes to not engage until the pedal is closer to the floor. Over time, the problem can get worse until there is no braking ability whatsoever.
Honda says it has received several reports of crashes, including three reports of minor injuries. No serious injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with this problem.
Not all of these vehicles are affected but the company says they want to be sure the problem is properly addressed. Recall notices will go out to registered owners by the end of April the company says.
This recall comes about a month after the Japanese automaker recalled more than 826,000 Honda vehicles from the 2001-2002 model years because of faulty airbags. These airbags can potentially explode, sending deadly shrapnel into the car’s interior.
If you own one of these vehicles, follow all instructions from Honda on getting it fixed. And if you’ve been adversely affected by this or any other defective product, please contact Denver personal injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm today.