Honda Motor Co., Japan’s second-
largest automaker, recalled 412,000 U.S. Odyssey minivans and Element wagons to
fix a brake-system flaw that triggered customer complaints of “soft” pedal
A part called a vehicle stability
assist modulator should be modified on 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements
from the 2007-2008 model years, Tokyo-based Honda said in a statement. Honda is
looking into at least three reported crashes in which brakes were cited, said
Chris Martin, a spokesman.
Customers told Honda that brake
pedals seemed “soft” or that the pedal’s height from the floor had gotten lower
before the vehicle stopped, Martin said. Honda found that air was leaking into
the brake system. The company isn’t aware of any fatalities linked to the
recall, he said.
The recall is Honda’s second of
similar size in as many months, after the automaker said in February that
437,763 vehicles worldwide needed repairs to air bags that may deploy with too
much pressure. Automakers face increased U.S. scrutiny after Toyota Motor Corp.
recalled autos for unintended acceleration.