Honda recalls over 470,000 vehicles in the U.S. over similar brake issue with Toyota

2005 Honda Odyssey

Honda has announced that it is recalling 528,000 vehicles worldwide, with 471,820 being recalled in the United States. The recall consists of model year 2005 to 2007 Acura RL and model year 2005 to early 2007 Honda Odyssey vehicles to replace a seal in the brake master cylinder.

The recall goes hand-in-hand with the 1.5 million Toyota vehicles recalled earlier this week. The same supplier, ADVICS Co., a privately held Japanese company with a unit in the United States, which made the seals for both major automakers.

“Honda made this decision to prevent the unlikely failure of a seal in the brake master cylinder,” Honda said in a statement. “It is possible for the seal to fail if the Honda Genuine DOT 3 brake fluid installed at the factory is replaced with certain aftermarket brake fluids with reduced lubrication properties, followed by a manual brake bleed with full and rapid stroke of the brake pedal. This could cause the seal to become twisted within its retention groove. The twisted seal could then leak a small amount of brake fluid when the vehicle is used. A brake fluid leak due to this would cause the low brake fluid warning lamp to illuminate until repaired. Failure to repair the master cylinder seal would eventually result in a soft brake pedal and the possible loss of one of the two hydraulic braking circuits.”

Owners of these Honda models can contact their dealers for an appointment once notification is received by mail. They can also visit www.recalls.acura.com or for Honda vehicles at www.recalls.honda.com . Acura owners can call (800) 382-2238; Honda owners can call (800) 999-1009 and select option number 4.

– By: Omar Rana