Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Recall - 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey Unexpected Brake Application

NHTSA announced a recall involving 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey's manufactured between August 8,2006 and September 8, 2008. The affected vehicles have a problem with the Vehicle Safety Assist System which causes the brakes to be applied unexpectedly sometimes without illuminating the brake lights.

Scope - As reported by Edmunds.com, Honda says that the recall involves nearly 350,000 mini-vans and is the result of a federal inquiry that dates back to June of this year. NHTSA received 22 complaints about the problem while the Honda dealer network reported 109 warranty claims and 205 field reports.

Problem - The affected vehicles could have a reduction in speed of as much as 30 mph since the condition occurs when the accelerator is being applied. Of course, without the benefit of brake lights fears of a rear end crash are heightened. Some dealers reported trouble codes involving the steering angle sensor which is a major component of the stability control system which is designed to prevent rollovers and uses an automated braking feature to keep vehicles upright.

Fix - NHTSA states that the parts needed to remedy the problem will not be available until the spring and owners of the affected vehicles can expect letters from Honda which will contain instructions on how to avoid unintended braking in the interim. Honda is available for questions at 1-800-999-1009. Their recall number is JC5.

Note - Your vehicle's production date can be found on the ID sticker on the driver's door pillar.

Anita Lienert, Edmunds.com
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