Honda has announced that it is recalling over 340,000 vehicles. The recall is due to a problem involving the brakes that could potentially lead to more auto accident cases on Illinois roadways and other areas.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration summarized that the problem was attributed to a combination of system components and software that could result in the Vehicle Safety Assist System applying the brakes in an unexpected time and manner. Ultimately, the problem could result in the vehicles braking hard suddenly and unexpectedly, without the brake lights turning on. This could cause a person to be rear ended. The vehicles that were involved in the recall were 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey minivans that were manufactured between August 8, 2006 and September 8, 2008.
Honda reports that no accidents or injuries have been attributed to the problem. However, the recall was a result of a safety probe conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The administration received 22 complaints regarding unexpected braking that was linked to these minivans. Honda reports that it has received 109 warranty claims and 205 field reports related to the recall, dating back to June 30. Five of the complaints stated that their local dealers found trouble codes that showed there was a problem with the steering-angle sensor. Ten other complaints said that their dealers were unable to find codes about what was causing the braking problem. Honda reports that affected Honda owners will receive a letter detailing the recall and steps they need to take.
If a person is injured as a result of defective brakes, the injured victim may pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Through such a course of action, the victim may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Source: Auto World News, "Honda Recall: 2007-'08 Odyssey minivans called back over brake issues", Matt Mercuro, December 20, 2013