Honda recalls more than 400,000 Odyssey and Element models

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Honda has joined the increasing group of automakers announcing safety issues with the Japanese carmaker recalling more than 400,000 Odyssey mini-vans and Element crossovers in the United States after consumers complained of “soft” brake pedals.

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Honda will recall Odyssey and Element in the 2007-2008 model years to fix the vehicle stability assist modulators. Some of the modulators were assembled so that could allow air to enter, Honda detailed in a media release.

The trapped air could cause the brake pedal to fall closer to the floor before the car stops, and in affected vehicles the problem tends to increase over time.

Not all of the cars involved in the recall may have this issue, but Honda is including all units that could be affected.

Honda said it will start contacting affected customers at the end of April, and it encouraged all owners to see an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification that their vehicle is included in the recall.

Honda owners will be able to go online (www.recalls.honda.com) after April 19 or call 800-999-1009 (option 4) to determine if their vehicle needs to be repaired.

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