American Honda Motor Co. will recall 471,820 2005-07 Acura RL and 2005 to early 2007 Honda Odyssey models due to potential brake-fluid leaks. This announcement comes a day after Toyota announced a 740,000-vehicle recall due to concerns that a brake-fluid leak from the brake master cylinder could diminish stopping power. The leak in both cases has been traced to a brake master cylinder seal.
Honda learned of this potential problem from the supplier, the same one involved with the Toyota recall. The Detroit News has identified the parts company as Advics Co. Ltd. in Japan.
The driver would be notified by a warning light in the instrument panel. If the vehicle is not repaired, it will eventually develop a soft brake pedal, as the fluid continues to leak, and eventually the possible loss of one of the two hydraulic braking circuits. Honda advises drivers who experience symptoms to take their vehicle immediately to a dealership for repair. The proposed correction is to replace the brake master cylinder seal with a revised design.
This mirrors the explanation and resolution for the Toyota recalls, which includes: 2005-2006 Avalon, 2004-2006 Highlander (non Hybrid), and Lexus RX 330, and 2006 Lexus GS 300, IS 250, and IS 350.
Honda will notify affected owners within the next two months.
This will be the second Odyssey recall for brake issues this year. In March, the 2007-2008 Odyssey was recalled for possible air in the brake system.
Owners may contact Acura customer service at 800-382-2238, and Honda customer service at 800-999-1009.
Updated 10/22/10 4:50 p.m.