Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles worldwide over defective brakes

Featured Japan - March 15th, 2013
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Honda Motor Co. will recall nearly 250,000 vehicles worldwide, including sedans, minivans and SUVs, over defective brakes, the automaker said on Thursday.

The problem is caused by an electrical capacitor on the vehicles’ stability assist system that, in some vehicles, was damaged during manufacturing, said Honda spokeswoman Tomoko Takemori.

This could cause the system to malfunction, triggering the brakes even when the driver isn’t pressing the brake pedal, or apply more force than the driver intends.

Honda will recall more than 180,000 vehicles in the US alone, including the Acura RL sedans, Acura MDX SUVs, and Pilot SUVs.

More than 56,000 vehicles were recalled in Japan, including the Legend sedan and three types of minivans – the Odyssey, the Elysion and StepWgn, Reuters reports.

Cars in Canada, Australia, Mexico and Germany will also be recalled. The affected vehicles were produced from March 2004 through May 2006, reports The Associated Press.

Honda declined to say how much the recall will cost or where it got the problematic parts.

No crashes have been reported related to the defect although there were complains about the problem, including 17 in Japan and one in the US, AP reports.