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Feds Investigate 343,000 Honda Minivans

Problem could trigger another major recall for Japanese maker.

by on Jul.01, 2013

2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey minivans are under investigation due to reported brake problems.

Just days after ordering a recall to fix problems with more than 140,000 of its subcompact Fit model, Honda is again under the microscope as federal regulators investigate potential problems that could cause the brakes on nearly 350,000 Honda Odyssey minivans to apply on their own.

The Japanese automaker has already recalled nearly 2 million vehicles so far this year and though it remains to be seen if the new investigation will lead to yet another safety-related service action, Honda already recalled 180,000 vehicles this year due to braking problems.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it launched the latest investigation involving 343,000 Honda Odyssey minivans produced during the 2007 and 2008 model-years after receiving 22 complaints of unexpected braking.  According to some owners, the vehicles suddenly slowed by as much as 30 miles per hour even though they tried to accelerate.

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Honda Targeted in Another Safety Probe

Hyundai Santa Fe also under investigation.

by on Oct.12, 2012

The 2005 Pilot is the latest Honda model under a safety investigation.

After a steady, decade-long decline, the number of automotive recalls has taken a surprisingly sharp jump over the last several years – most analysts pointing to the backlash over Toyota’s unintended acceleration scandal that, in 2009 – 10 led the maker to call back 14 million vehicles.

While Toyota this week announced its largest single recall ever – 7.5 million vehicles, a third of those in the U.S. due to a potential fire hazard – it’s cross-town rival Honda that has been especially hard hit by safety issues over the last two years.  And the situation only appears to be getting worse.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into 87,000 Honda Pilot SUVs sold during the 2005 model-year.  The safety agency has received complaints that suggest the Pilot’s electronic stability control system may suddenly act up, leading to deceleration, with steering pulling to one side. Making matters worse, the complaints indicate the brake lights don’t illuminate which could lead to a rear-end collision – especially in a situation where vehicles have been reported coming to a near-stop from highway speeds.

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Honda Announces Another Recall

Minivans among 410,000 vehicles with defective brakes.

by on Mar.17, 2010

A stability control part can cause brakes on some Honda Odyssey and Element models to fail.

Adding to a growing number of “safety campaigns, in recent weeks, Honda now plans to recall 410,000 minivans and other vehicles to deal with a balky braking system.

The move affects 344,000 of the maker’s Odyssey minivans and another 68,000 Element crossovers produced during the 2007 and 2008 model-years.

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The brakes have a tendency to become softer, over time, and could eventually lose braking power entirely, said spokesman Chris Martin, confirming the brake system “is definitely not operating the way it should.”

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