Honda recalls 344,000 Odyssey vans for software glitch


Honda Motor Co. has announced it is voluntarily recalling more than 344,000 Odyssey minivans to correct a problem with the vehicles’ stability control software.

The recall affects 344,187 Odyssey vans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. In certain circumstances, an error in the software can prevent the system from calibrating correctly, leading to pressure building up in the braking system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

If pressure builds to a certain point, “the vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind,” the NHTSA said.

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Honda is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue, the automaker said.

To fix the issue, affected Odyssey vans will need a new yaw sensor, which will not be available until spring 2014, Honda said. In the meantime, the automaker will notify owners by mail of the steps they can take to avoid the problem.

Once the sensor is available, Honda said, it will again notify owners that they can take their vehicles to their dealer for a free repair.


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