Honda recalls more cars in US over brake troubles

HONDA will recall about 412,000 vehicles in the United States to address the risk that brake pedals may feel soft and slip closer to the floor over time, the company said yesterday.

The recall covers about 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element SUVs for the 2007 and 2008 model years following customer complaints over the issue, Honda said.

On some of the vehicles, air could enter the unit that controls braking and stability system, which may result in the “soft brake pedal” or “low brake pedal” after months or years, the company said.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin said several crashes and three minor injuries have been reported to the US Transportation Highway Safety Administration regarding the problem.“Although not all vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, we are recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly,” Honda said.

The recall comes at a time of public and regulatory scrutiny over vehicle safety issues in the wake of damaging safety problems involving Toyota vehicles.