Japanese carmaker Honda is recalling 412,000 minivans and sports utility vehicles in the US because of complaints from drivers that brake pedals feel “soft” in the latest safety scare to hit the automotive industry.
Honda announced today that it intends to make adjustments to 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element vehicles built in 2007 and 2008. The company said motorists had found that as the vehicles age, they had to press the brake pedals closer to the floor in order to reach a halt.
It blamed the problem on air accumulating in a piece of equipment called the vehicle stability assist modulator. It encouraged owners to take their cars to an authorized dealer and said formal notifications to potentially afflicted motorists would begin at the end of April.
Honda said British and European cars are not affected. The recall comes amid an anxious environment in the industry as rival Japanese manufacturer Toyota struggles to overcome problems with sticking accelerator pedals.
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