Honda has announced that it will recall approximately 344,000 Odyssey and 68,000 Element vehicles from the 2007-2008 model years in the US to modify the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator.
Honda said in a statement that it has received customer complaints regarding brake pedals that feel ’soft’ or that gradually exhibit a pedal height that gets lower (closer to the floor) before the vehicle stops. In affected vehicles this condition tends to gradually increase over time.
Honda admits that some VSA modulators were assembled in a way that could allow air intrusion, making it possible for air to enter the modulator during the VSA self-check mode.
Small amounts of air can enter the system during each check, but over time the air will accumulate and can result in the ’soft brake pedal’ or ’low brake pedal’ condition symptoms associated with this issue.
Honda is hoping to encourage owners of Odyssey and Element cars to take their vehicle to an authorised dealer as soon as they receive notification that their vehicle is affected. Notification of customers will start at the end of April.