Over 400,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Element trucks will be recalled.  A potential problem in the braking system can make it harder to stop a vehicle if it isn’t repaired.  This auto recall is associated with 344,000 Odyssey models and 68,000 Element models from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

“It’s definitely not operating the way it should, and it’s safety systems, so it brings us to the recall status,” said a Honda spokesman.

Honda Motor Corp. issued a recall of over 400,000 Odyssey minivans and Element trucks due to a potential problem with the brake system. (SOURCE: USA Today)

Our car accident attorneys have blogged about several auto recalls lately with car companies correcting design defects.  Two recalls have been already issued by Toyota: one to correct the gas pedal in almost 4 million cars and another to correct the brakes in the Prius hybrid.

This auto recall isn’t be Honda’s first in 2010, either.  Back in January, Honda recalled about 370,000 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Acura TL automobiles because of faulty airbags.  American confidence in Japanese cars has been wavering this year, and another recall is the last thing Japanese investors needs.

These recalled Honda models are equipped with a vehicle stability assist modulator that selectively brakes all of the wheels to help prevent rollover accidents.  When the car starts, that system tests itself by permitting a small amount of air into the hydraulic brake lines.  Over time, an air bubble in the line could cause a loss of braking power making it necessary to push the pedal in further to stop the car.

A Honda statement issued said that all vehicles aren’t affected by that, but they are recalling all possible automobiles to make sure.  Letters advising consumers of the recall should be going out near the end of April.  After April 19, Honda owners can determine if their recalls are being recalled by going to the Honda recall Web site or by calling (800) 999-1009 and selecting option number four.

Our car accident lawyers in San Diego understand that there will always be cars with defects of some kind that can cause accidents.  After all, cars are complex machines and anything, from initial design to human error, can one day lead to a recall.  Hopefully, these problems can be corrected before car accidents happen.

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