A problem reported with the Vehicle Safety Assist System has prompted Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall for Odyssey minivans from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

The issue revolves around a combination of parts and software that have been reported to cause the vehicle to brake hard and unexpectedly, without illuminating the brake lights. Imagine driving behind one of these vehicles when the malfunction occurs and you can easily understand how an unexpected rear-end collision could ensue.

Unfortunately, Honda won't be able to fix the problem until next spring, at which point the manufacturer will call in the 344,187 units affected into their local dealership for a fix. In the meantime, Honda will instruct owners on how to avoid the situation. For further details, see the full recall notice below.
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RECALL Subject : Brakes may Unexpectedly Apply , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: NOV 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V500000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 344,187

All Products Associated with this Recall
Details:
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

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.

NOTES:
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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      friend
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is no problem really. If you happen to experience sudden unintended deceleration, Honda's spontaneously exploding, shrapnel spraying airbags will be there to slow you down.
      M. Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish someone could post what the remedy is! "Honda will send owners an interim letter notifying them of the issue and instruct them how to prevent unintended braking."
        Leon K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M. Smith
        Dear owner, To avoid unintended braking, please do not start or attempt to move the vehicle. Thankyou, Honda.
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      Sergio Alvarado
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's an awful long time for a fix to be released, mmeanwhile I'll just avoid all Odyssey vans on the road just to be on the safe side!
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      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Simple solution - apply "Unintended Braking" to "Unintended Acceleration" and both will cancel out each other. Problem solved.
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      geking74
      • 1 Year Ago
      still keep going since I bought my 03 Honda..' WINNER '
      Seriallong
      • 1 Year Ago
      Imagine what would happen if a prius is driving behind a honda. The read end collision would be so much nastier.
      RED SKULL
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was told "Nothing ever goes wrong with Japanese cars" Funny I drive an American car again and love it.
        GOSCH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RED SKULL
        Yeah! People should f*** that unconditional belief about Japanese cars' reliability!
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GOSCH
          We all have to remember each car is gonna behave differently depending on the conditions its driven in. okay, so my Pilot has gone over 130,000 miles (and this month also marks 10 years old for it), without any problems, but my Pilot isnt gonna behave the same as the next guys. On the same token, my uncles Santa Fe lost its AC at 100,000, my parents' 2010 Accord had a battery go bad and their 2008 Odyssey had a CV joint go bad under warranty. The Pilot never had any warranty problems, but yet my neighbors had a Grand Caravan that would break down all the time as it got older. Nationality of the vehicle doesnt matter. Everyones experience is gonna be different. I do not buy into this nationality bullshit I just take care of what i have.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RED SKULL
        So do you just say nothing when the Fusion gets recalled for the 10th time over engine fires? Just curious.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          The Fusion was recalled once for engine fires. The Escape was recalled three times for fires, on of which only covered 20-something vehicles.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      more asian junk on American roads= more danger to innocent people who drive decent cars
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda must have begun buying supplies from Toyota.
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      nnsbio
      • 1 Year Ago
      But at least they are very reliable.
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          Jared Montgomery
          • 1 Year Ago
          As I said it my comment below, the dealers get a ton of miles out of their Odyssey shuttle vans. The 2007 one I drove still felt solid even past 250,000 miles. I would say reliability-wise, Hondas are AT LEAST as good as they used to be.
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