The vehicles constructed at the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC plant, including 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements, have recently been the subject of customer complaints that brake pedals feel “soft” or must be pressed closer to the floor to stop as the brakes are used over time. This process has been described as “very slowly increasing over time.”
If left unrepaired, the problem could cause a loss of braking power and a possible crash.
Some of the VSA modulators in question 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 a small amount of air enters 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 customers have described.
Even though not all of the vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, Honda has decided to recall all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly.
Honda 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. Customers will begin receiving notification of recalled vehicles toward 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.
Production of Odyssey minivans currently being made in Alabama will not be affected by the recall. The Lincoln plant will continue with its normal schedule.
Honda's Lincoln plant has been the sole maker of Odyssey minivans since producing the 2005 model.
Honda owners may visit www.recalls.honda.com or call 1-800-999-1009 and select option 4 to find out more about the recall and if their vehicle may be affected.