Automaker Honda has announced it will recall over 410,000 of its vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 years due to braking system problems. The models affected included Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks. The problem stems from the car’s vehicle stability assist modulator, which selectively brakes each of the wheels. The device tests itself when the car is started, allowing a small amount of air into the hydraulic brake lines. Over time, the air bubble causes the brakes to feel "soft," requiring them to be pressed closer to the floor in order to effectively stop the vehicle. Left unrepaired, Honda said the issue could lead to a loss of brake power and result in a crash.
Honda has said that owners of vehicles involved in the recall will receive a letter towards the end of April letting them know they should schedule a repair. Drivers who feel their vehicles are already affected by the problem should take their cars to a nearby dealership where the air bubble can be released, providing a temporary solution while Honda gets in the replacement parts.