With all the hubbub surrounding the Toyota recall scandal lately, other automakers aren’t taking any chances. Ford “proactively” recalled the Fusion Hybrid to reprogram the brakes when Toyota Prius owners began to complain about unsettling pedal feel. Now Honda is following suit, recalling 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements over brake pedal complaints.
2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey and Element
The Problem: Some Honda owners have complained that their brake pedals feel unusually soft and that over time they sink lower and lower to the floor when depressed. Honda has found that the Vehicle Stability Assist modulators in some vehicles may have been built in a way that would allow a tiny amount of air into the system every time the modulator goes into self-check mode. Over time, enough air can enter the system to make the brake pedal feel soft or too low to the floor. Honda is going the extra mile to reassure customers by recalling all the Odysseys and Elements possible, even those that aren’t affected by the problem.
When it can be fixed: Honda will begin sending notices to owners on April 19, 2010. Those looking for more information before then can call 1-800-999-1009 or log on to www.recalls.honda.com
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 344,000 Honda Odysseys and 68,000 Honda Elements.