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Recall 13V500000

Unexpected Brake Application

Recall Details

The vehicles being recalled are equipped with a vehicle control system designed to help prevent the vehicle from skidding if a turning maneuver that is to aggressive for the road conditions is attempted. A combination of system components and software may apply the brakes unexpectedly. The vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind. Remedy parts will not be available until the spring of 2014. Owners of affected vehicles will receive and interim letter notifying them of the issue and instructs on how to prevent unintended braking. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available.

Our Quick Take

The Vehicles' computer control system may apply the brakes hard, for no apparent reason and with out warning.

What Should You Do?

Honda will notify owners during December 2013. The remedy of this concern will not be available until the spring of 2014. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.

Affected Cars

Brakes, November 1, 2013

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 1, 2013
NHTSA Action Number
PE13024
Potential Number of Units Affected
344,187
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
13V500000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Summary
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008. Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) may apply the brakes unexpectedly.
Consequence
The vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind.
Remedy
Parts to remedy these vehicles will not be available until the spring of 2014. Honda will send owners an interim letter notifying them of the issue and instruct them how to prevent unintended braking. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available. Interim notification is expected to begin in early December 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall number is JC5.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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