Honda recall over faulty brakes
Published 17/03/2010 | 05:00
Honda is to recall more than 410,000 vehicles in the US because of braking problems that could make it harder to stop if it is not repaired.
The recall includes 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element small trucks from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
Honda said that, over time, brake pedals can feel "soft" and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles.
Left unrepaired, the problem could cause loss of braking power and possibly a crash, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said yesterday.
"It's definitely not operating the way it should, and it's part of the safety system, so it brings it to the recall status," he said.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported three crashes due to the problem, with minor injuries and no deaths. Honda notified NHTSA of the recall yesterday.
Honda said in a statement: "Although not all vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, we are recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly."
The carmaker is still preparing a list of affected vehicles.