by Matt Brogan

Honda US will recall 344,000 Odyssey and 68,000 Element models to replace a brake system component that, according to customers, has caused a “soft” brake pedal feel, and in some instances, lowered brake pedal position.

The faulty component, known as the Vehicle Stability Assist modulator, causes the issue to gradually worsen with some customers saying the pedal was nearly against the floor. If left unchecked, the problem could cause a severe reduction in the vehicle’s braking capabilities.

Honda explained that some VSA modulators were assembled incorrectly, allowing for possible air intrusion into the system during the car’s self-check mode. Although Honda said the leak was incredibly minor, over time it could add up to enough air in the braking system to create a reduction in stopping power.

Honda says that although not all of the 412,000 vehicles recalled will need repair, it wants to inspect each vehicle to eliminate any safety concerns. The vehicles under investigation were manufactured between 2007 and 2008.

Honda Odyssey models sold in Australia are not affected by this recall.


  • Lazybones

    The Honda element looks like it was styled by a brickie. Please tell me thats not the next gen Odyssey, oh please no… what an impressively bland, uninspiring design.

    So are we at the point yet where all manufacturers will email customers who DON’T have to return their cars.

    • Steve-Poyza

      That is the American Odyssey. Its always been bigger and uglier.

  • Me

    Talk about the year of recalls. Will this ever stop?!