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

March 16, 2010
2007 Honda Element LX

2007 Honda Element LX

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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