Honda Recall 2010: 471,820 Cars due to Brake Fluid Leak problem (Same as Toyota)

By on Oct 23, 2010 in Automobile, United States, World Comments

Just a day after Toyota Motor Corp. issued a voluntary recall for about 1.5 million cars due possible brake fluid leaks problem, Honda Motor Co. announced they will recall 471,820 vehicles in the United States over the same problem.

Both Honda and Toyota were reported to have used the same supplier for the problematic part, Advics Co. Ltd. in Japan.

For Honda, a certain 2005 – 2007 model year Acura RL and 2005 to early 2007 model year Honda Odyssey are affected.

Below is the statement of Honda spokeswoman Christina Ra, taken from USA Today.

American Honda is planning to notify NHTSA today of our intent to conduct a safety recall on certain 2005 – 2007 model year Acura RL and 2005 -early-2007 model year Honda Odyssey vehicles to repair the brake master cylinder.

Honda recently became aware of the potential for one seal in the brake master cylinder to fail due to use of brake fluid other than Honda Genuine brake fluid, followed by a mechanical brake bleed procedure.

Should this failure occur, it could result in a slow brake fluid leak. A brake fluid leak due to this cause will result in the brake fluid light illuminating before there is any loss of brake system performance.

Although one brake circuit could gradually lose performance due to this cause, there would be no effect on the other brake circuit.

American Honda is in the process of gathering the necessary information to notify NHTSA of this voluntary recall at this time.

Drivers of the vehicles listed above should be aware that this condition will always cause the low brake fluid light to illuminate, and if their vehicle has any malfunction indicators illuminated they should take their vehicle to a dealer for repair immediately.

We should have more information available in the near future.

For the meantime, Honda owners can call 800-999-1009, while Acura owners can call 800-382-2238.

They can also contact National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on their hot line at 888-327-4236.

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