Honda to Issue Recall Over Brake Fluid Leaks

Following Toyota’s recently announced recall, Honda Motor announced it will be <"">recalling vehicles over brake fluid leaks that could result in reduced braking power, said Daily Finance. No information on the number of vehicles being recalled was released.

The recall concerns seals within the vehicles’ brake master cylinder that could dry, leaking brake fluid, said Daily Finance, noting that this same issue led to this week’s recall by Toyota Motor for 1.5 million vehicles worldwide. The Honda recall involves its 2005 to 2007 model year Acura RL sedans and Honda Odyssey minivans, said the Associated Press (AP). Both Honda and Toyota say they have received no reports of accidents related to the recall.

Honda recently announced a massive recall of over 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Elements due to braking problems that could create stopping problems. Honda’s braking system problem is linked to its electronic stability control system. The system brakes all of the vehicle’s wheels in an emergency and some air does enter the hydraulic brake line, which can create an air bubble that will cause the operator to push the brake pedal deeper than what is needed in a normal stop. Three reported crashes have been linked to the problem, said the NHTSA.

Toyota Motor Corp. said it is recalling some 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 in Japan for repairs, wrote the AP, noting that the rest of the involved cars are in Europe and elsewhere internationally. Most vehicles require a fix to the brake master cylinder; the problem, if left as is, could result in weaker braking power, according to Paul Nolasco, a Toyota spokesman in Tokyo, wrote the AP. Models in Japan and other countries—not North American models—have electrical issues with the fuel pump, a problem that could lead to engine stalls, noted Nolasco, wrote the AP. To date, there have been no reported accidents in connection with this recall, said the AP.

Since last November, Toyota has recalled over 10 million vehicles worldwide to resolve floor-mat interference and sticking pedal problems that may lead to incidents of unintended acceleration. Some vehicles are subject to both recalls. Most recently, 1.13 million Corolla and Matrix cars were recalled for what U.S. regulators described as a problem that could cause stalling “at any speed without warning,” quoted Bloomberg News previously.

Earlier this year, Toyota agreed to pay a record $16.375 million fine levied by the NHTSA for concealing information related to a January recall of 2.3 million vehicles for sticky accelerator pedals. The company also faces over 200 lawsuits resulting from the sticky accelerator and floor mat recalls. Toyota also faces two investigations, one involving a federal grand jury probe, into steering-related defects in its vehicles, and possibly how it handled a 2005 recall.

Meanwhile, the NHTSA said it is likely that Toyota vehicles have been involved in about 90 deaths linked to unintended acceleration crashes since 2000.

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