Honda Odyssey Recall Affects 344,000 Units
Lately, Toyota safety concerns have revolved around unintended acceleration, but Honda seems to be suffering from just the opposite. In a campaign announced Friday, Honda is recalling 344,000 Odyssey minivans to fix a problem that may cause unexpected braking. The Honda Odyssey recall affects 2007 and 2008 model-year minivans. According to Honda, the problem stems from an error in the Vehicle Stability Assist system software and can occur after the vehicle's engine has been restarted. In some cases, the VSA system may not properly calibrate the yaw rate sensor after a restart, which can cause hydraulic pressure to build up in the braking system. This pressure may be released into the braking circuit, leading to "heavy and unexpected braking" even when the driver's foot is off the brake pedal. The sudden braking also fails to illuminate the brake lamps, further increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will install an updated yaw sensor free of charge to owners. However, the sensor will not be available until spring 2014. In the meantime, Honda will instruct owners on what they can do to help ensure that the VSA properly calibrates at engine startup. Once the fix is available, Honda owners will be notified again to take their vehicles to dealerships for repair. Starting in December, Honda owners will be able to check www.recalls.honda.com if their particular models are affected by the Honda Odyssey recall. Owners can also contact (800) 999-1009. For information on all recalls in the U.S., visit www.safercar.gov. Source: Honda
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