Honda Issues Recall for Thousands of Cars After Braking Issues

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Honda has issued a major recall of about 250,000 vehicles worldwide after they discovered a braking issue.

More than 180,000 of those are in the United States.

On Thursday, Honda said four vehicle models are being recalled for a possible malfunction of the stability assist system. Though they said no injuries have been reported so far, they did say that they received numerous consumer complaints about it.

Honda is recalling 100,000 Pilot SUVs, 60,000 Acura MDX crossover SUVs, and over 21,000 Acura RL sedans. The models were made between 2004 and 2005.

They also recalled 800 of its Acura MDX vehicles.

Japan has also been affected as several thousand Honda Odyssey minivans sold in the country were recalled.

Honda said the problem is caused by the electrical capacitor on the car’s stability assist system. If the system malfunctions, it could cause the car to apply a quick amount of brake force without the driver putting much pressure on it.

During a system malfunction, if the brakes are manually applied, the force could be much greater than what the driver wanted, potentially resulting in a crash.

Though the company claims the recall was not prompted by any specific incident, many people are speculating that it can be traced to one driver.

Carrie Carvalho of Massachusetts filed a defect petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in April of last year after she expressed braking concerns with her Honda. She also cited 38 complaints from other Honda owners requesting review of the matter.

She said she experienced the malfunction one two occasions, when the brakes on her 2005 Pilot activated on their own and caused her to veer off course.

Carvalho said contacting Honda directly did not help the matter.

After the NHTSA was contacted, they conducted an investigation and found the problem.

Honda encourages owners of recalled vehicles to go to an authorized dealer for repair. They will begin sending out notification letters to owners starting next month.