Due to risks linked to a master brake cylinder seal, about 528,000 Honda vehicles worldwide (mostly Odyssey minivans sold in the US) are being recalled. This recall by Honda Motor Co. is actually similar to one issued last Thursday by Toyota Motor Corp. for about 1.5 million vehicles throughout the globe.
The seals were supplied to these two companies by ADVICS Co., a privately held Japanese company with a unit in the US. So far, the faulty seals have not resulted to accidents or injuries.
The Honda recall includes 435,000 US Odyssey minivans from the 2005 through early 2007 model years.
Honda’s recall also includes a smaller number of 2005-2007 Acura RL sedans sold around the world. Similar to Toyota’s recall, Honda asserts that the seals may fail and result to the leaking of brake fluid if factory-issued brake fluid is replaced with fluid that is not "factory-issue."
Toyota said that after the production of these vehicles, the supplier has changed how it makes the seals.
Last Thursday, Toyota said that the new seals allow for a wide range of brake fluids without causing leaks. According to a Honda spokeswoman, the company expects that within the next two months, it will be able to make an announcement for customers to bring cars to dealerships for repairs.
But she advised drivers to bring their vehicles immediately to the dealerships if they notice that the dashboard brake warning light is on. [via autonews - sub. required]