2007-'08 Honda Odyssey Probed by Feds for Brake Problem


  • 2008 Honda Odyssey Picture

    2008 Honda Odyssey Picture

    NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 343,993 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey minivans after complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking. | July 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 343,993 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey minivans after complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking.
  • Federal safety regulators say they have received 22 complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking in the minivans.
  • Five of the complaints reported that the repairing dealer found a trouble code indicating a problem with the steering angle sensor, according to NHTSA.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 343,993 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey minivans after complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking.

Federal safety regulators say they have received 22 complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking in the minivans. There are no reports of crashes or injuries related to the probe.

"Some complaints allege that the vehicle suddenly applies the brakes by itself while the accelerator is being applied, causing the vehicle speed to drop by as much as 30 mph in a very brief amount of time," said NHTSA in its summary of the preliminary investigation.

"Five complaints reported that the repairing dealer found a trouble code indicating a problem with the steering angle sensor. Ten complaints report that the dealer was unable to find a trouble code or to diagnose the problem."

A Honda spokesman told Edmunds on Sunday that the automaker was just learning of the problem and that a statement would be forthcoming later.

NHTSA has opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the matter. Such an action can sometimes lead to a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: If you have a problem with the brakes on your 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey, take it into your dealer. Other owners will have to wait for an update on the investigation after federal safety regulators finish their work.

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