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Brake Issue Prompts Recall Of 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey, Element

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2008 Honda Odyssey Touring

2008 Honda Odyssey Touring

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2007 Honda Element LX

2007 Honda Element LX

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Honda is recalling about 412,000 vehicles—2007 and 2008 model-year Odyssey minivans and Element utility vehicles—for an issue in the braking system that can lead to an overly soft brake pedal.

Fortunately, the issue is gradual and couldn't cause a sudden loss of braking. According to Honda, the design or operation of the VSA (vehicle stability assist) modulator could let small amounts of air into the system, eventually creating a softer pedal feel and a lower pedal engagement.

But the condition will very slowly worsen over time, says Honda, so owners are encouraged to take their vehicle to the dealership as soon as possible after the notification period begins late next month.

Honda recommends that owners call 800-999-1009 (option 4) or visit for more information—after April 19, as the precise list of vehicles affected is still being compiled—though the automaker will also be contacting owners by mail.


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  1. Besides the shitty pax system wheels and tires that to this day i cant still purchase cause of no job and if i did have a job wouldnt pay the 1500 to buy them i have notice at a stop sign the with my foot pressed all the way down on the brake pedal the van will jump forward at times.... also at turns it makes a weird noises but a usual the dealership said they have heard nothing.....

  2. This should not be limited to 2007/08. I have the 2005 and the pedal sinks to the wall all the time. This is as bad as Toyota!

  3. I had exactly same situation and I strongly agree with Tony. Good one, Tony

  4. My brake problem has been similar to Tony's. Specifically, it was more prevalent going down a steep hill. I heard a grinding noise, like metal on metal, I had the pedal to the floor and feared I would not stop. Honda said it was common in these vehicles and their examination showed brakes were working fine. My friend has a 2006 Honda Odessey and has the same problem, more prevalent in hot weather. I'm curious to see if the problem re-occurs for me in the summer, as I haven't had the problem this winter. I also have an intermittent problem with the ignition. Instead of turning over, it makes a sparking noise, NOT a clicking, a sparking. Dealer could not duplicate the problem [remember I said "intermitten"] so they went no further. I asked if they could take apart the ignition cover and see if a wire was loose [not a mechanic, pardon my ignorance & terminology]. They said Honda will not allow them to disassemble anything unless the problem can be duplicated in the shop. I also had both headlight lenses replaced Oct 2009 because they were discolored and peeling. They were covered under the warranty.

  5. Me again. Just re-read Tony's. I have had the "jumping" effect as I was braking hard. The car would start to slow, jump although I was applying the same amount of pressure, then slow, then jump again. Never to the point of jerking my body, but still scary. Dealer said brakes were fine.

  6. I also have that situation with the van lurching forward when I apply the brake but mostly when I'm parking. I keep looking down to see if I'm pressing the accelerator pedal at the same time and I'm not. Sounds similar to others with that jumping forward comment. I also have the soft peddle after 30000 Km, was never firm from the start.

  7. I have the same problem as Jed. I have looked down to see if I hit the accelerator too. I can't tell if my brakes are bad or what.nursery

  8. We have the same problem with our 2008 odyssey.First incident was last Apr 2009 when we were travelling 65-70miles/hr 805S with my family.I pressed on the brake coz an imminent traffic was on the way.Im still about 500 meters away from the last car of same lane but i almost hit that car 'coz the odyssey gave a "soft pedal" reaching the bottom before it braked.I didnt anticipate it to happen.It scared me to death.I then went to DCH honda complained about it.After testing, the technician said there is nothing wrong with the brake...Hhmmm...There's this prob. also of the brake pedal not going back soon as it should be its like being stucked down for a few seconds before it goes back up.Not good! Another incident happened late last year with the same problem.I can compare it to our other car(mitsubishi)-- it just brakes just fine and tight.I know im not confident with their explanation when i first went there so i tried surfing it and i known the recall just now i will be going there again as soon as i can have time and see if they will give me a different explanation...

  9. I bought an used 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L and the brakes were soft and was curiously looking in the forums and understood the recall issue. I took it to the dealer and they said that they rectified the same. Iam still feeling the same and iam not able to feel the ABS type braking. The brakes are still soft and iam totally dissatisfied with the freaking dealer and Honda aswell.

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