On Monday, Honda Motor Co. notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the company will recall its 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks due to the braking problem.
Accordingly, 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements from the 2007 and 2008 model years will be targeted in the recall.
The Japanese multinational corporation said that as there was problem with the braking system amongst its vehicles, drivers had to press the brake pedals closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. According to Honda spokesman Chris Martin, braking problem could result in loss of braking power and possibility of crash if they are not fixed.
Martin said that reports of minor injuries and no deaths were sent to the NHTSA. Therefore, the company on Monday notified NHTSA about the recall.
The corporation said in a statement that the company not only notify owners of vehicles listed in the recall but also those whose trucks and minivans may possibly experience the problem should also check whether their vehicles perform correctly.
The spokesman said that owners who fear that their braking powers do not work should take their trucks and minivans to their dealers to have a check. Air bubbles can be bled out of the hydraulic lines to avoid the problem.
The safety recall is Honda's second in the past two months. In February, the company recalled 952,118 vehicles globally due to air bag faults. Faulty airbags which were installed in Accords, Civics and some Acura TL models resulted in one death in the United States and at least 11 injuries. That recall came after the world’s leading auto manufacturer Toyota made recalls to its nearly 9 million vehicles for floor mats and sticking accelerator pedals.
Similar software faults were also found in Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids. As a result, Ford Motor Co. recalled its 17,600 car drivers to have their vehicles fixed.