Honda Recall 2013: Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles worldwide due to potential brake problem

By on Mar 15, 2013 in Asia, Australia, Automobile, North America, United States, World Comments

Honda announced on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 a voluntary recall of its Acura MDX, Acura RL, and Pilot model, affecting around 250,000 vehicles worldwide. The Japanese car company said in a press release at that the affected vehicles may have some brake problems.

2005 Acura MDX

2005 Acura MDX, one of the models affected by
the recent Honda recall

Image Credit: Honda Motors

According to the pdf file report by Honda, Honda America is recalling approximately 101,000 2005 Honda Pilot vehicles, 60,000 2005-2006 Acura MDX vehicles, and 21,000 2005 Acura RL vehicles in the US. The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system of the recalled vehicles may malfunction anytime.

As noted by Honda, the VSA system of these vehicles may malfunction once an electrical capacitor on the VSA control unit was damaged during a manufacturing process. This means that the brake system may function even if the driver will does put pressure on it, since the capacitor might apply a small amount of brake force anytime.

Likewise, the amount of brake force may be more than what the driver has applied. In both cases, the risk of having a crash is higher due to unexpected activation of the brakes. Honda admitted that they received several complaints related to the brake issue, but there were no injuries or crashes reported.

With this, a new electrical sub-harness will be installed on these Honda and Acura vehicles by their respective authorized dealers, free of charge. A report on said that this Honda recall also involves 56,000 vehicles in Japan, 8,000 in Canada, 1,000 in Australia, 300 in Mexico, and 70 in Germany.

In addition, approximately 51,000 2005 Honda Pilot vehicles will also be inspected in the US. This is to ensure that an electrical ground bolt for the VSA system is tightened properly; noting that a loosened ground bolt may cause the same effect on their brake system, which also increases risk of crash.

Customers are being expected to receive mailed notification about this Honda recall in mid-April 2013. For the meantime, affected Honda and Acura owners are being invited to visit and, respectively, to check if their vehicles need repair.

For more information, the contact number for Honda Recall Hotline is (800) 999-1009, while (800) 382-2238 for Acura, and select Option 4.

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