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2007-'08 Honda Odyssey Recalled for Unexpected Braking


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Just the Facts:
  • Honda is recalling 344,187 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey minivans because the Vehicle Safety Assist System may apply the brakes unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • No crashes or injuries have been linked to the recall, according to Honda.
  • Due to a shortage of parts, the recall will not begin until March 2014.

WASHINGTON — Honda is recalling 344,187 2007-'08 Honda Odyssey minivans because the Vehicle Safety Assist System may apply the brakes unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) may apply the brakes unexpectedly," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind."

No crashes or injuries have been linked to the recall, according to Honda. The affected vehicles were built from August 8, 2006 through September 8, 2008.

As of June 30, 2013, Honda told federal safety regulators it has received 109 warranty claims and 205 field reports related to the recall. The minivans were the subject of a federal safety probe that began on June 25, 2013. NHTSA received 22 complaints alleging incidents of unexpected braking in 2007-'08 Odyssey minivans.

Some of the complaints alleged that the vehicle suddenly applies the brakes by itself while the accelerator is being applied, causing the vehicle speed to rapidly drop by as much as 30 miles per hour. Five complaints reported that the repairing dealer found a trouble code indicating a problem with the steering-angle sensor, according to NHTSA. Ten complaints report that the dealer was unable to find a trouble code or to diagnose the problem.

Due to a shortage of parts, the recall will not begin until March 2014. An updated yaw sensor will be installed in the minivans to fix the error in the VSA software.

Honda says it will send owners of the affected Odyssey minivans an interim letter telling them how to prevent unexpected braking. The interim letter will tell owners the steps they can take at vehicle startup to help ensure proper VSA system calibration. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Edmunds says: There's not much that owners of these Odyssey minivans can do at the moment except to follow the instructions in the interim letter and to wait for parts.

Comments

  • va_mom_of_4 va_mom_of_4 Posts:

    This "unexpected braking" happened on Friday November 1, 2013 to me when I was driving our 2008 Honda Odyssey on the highway at night in the rain. The van came to a sudden complete stop in the travel lane. Luckily I was able to get the van off the road onto the narrow shoulder in time to avoid being hit. This is a HIGHLY dangerous situation. You are taking your life in your hands driving these. We bought our Odyssey new from the dealer and have maintained it throughout with Honda servicing. Don't think it can't happen to you!

  • silvia9 silvia9 Posts:

    Don't rule out that you may have been driving too fast for the conditions as well. How good are your tires? Driving in rain can be slippery and some freeways have bad drainage. You could have been hydroplaining, and any activation of the VSA triggers braking systems. The article is speaking directly about speeds dropping 30mph for no apparent reason.

  • va_mom_of_4 va_mom_of_4 Posts:

    Nothing like trying to blame the victim! Sorry silvia9, it wasn't driver error. I was not driving too fast for conditions and my van was just inspected and serviced at our Honda service center on October 21st. This one is on Honda. The article states what Honda wants you to know not what is actually happening. I pulled to the side after it happened the first time. Turned off the van. Waited several minutes until it was safe to merge onto the highway again and moved forward. This time it happened when I was just starting to accelerate. Just curious, but do you happen to work for Honda? I spent 3 hours on the phone with American Honda customer service this morning...you sound so much like one of them.

  • va_mom_of_4 va_mom_of_4 Posts:

    By the way, silvia9, you can check the weather for Angola, Indiana on Nov. 1, 2013 at @ 8pm. It was simply raining, not a pouring, hydro plane inducing thunderstorm. When a car hydroplanes you lose control of it and the car starts to slide. At no time did I lose control of the steering, the van just stopped dead in its tracks. No sliding, no loss of control, no hydroplane.

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