Usually, we don’t report every recall (you’d be pretty tired of it pretty quick,) but in the interest of things being in the spotlight, please be advised that Honda will recall more than 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks from the 2007 and 2008 model years, says Associated Press. According to Honda, over time, brake pedals can feel “soft” and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. The problem has been traced to the device that powers the electronic stability control system, and lastly to ye olde brake problem. The gizmo can allow a small amount of air into the hydraulic brake lines. And as shade tree mechanics and shady mechanics alike know: Air in the line can be hazardous to your health.
Letters to owners should go out toward the end of April – parts availability is rearing its head. If you have one of the above captioned vehicles, and your brakes feely mushy, your dealer will bleed the lines for free, which should fix you up until the part arrives. According to Honda, technicians will put plastic caps and sealant over two small holes in the device to stop the air from getting in.