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Honda in recall over brake fault
Wednesday March 17th 2010
Car giant Honda is the second Japanese manufacturer this year to announce a recall of some of its vehicles in the US, further tarnishing the country's reputation for reliable and cutting-edge vehicle design.
Honda is to recall more than 410,000 vehicles because of braking problems that it said, if left unrepaired, could lead to accidents. Toyota recalled more than a million vehicles earlier this year over a potential problem with the accelerator pedal becoming stuck.
The Honda recall includes 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element small trucks sold in 2007 and 2008.
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Honda said in a statement that over time, brake pedals can feel "soft" and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. Left unrepaired, the problem could cause loss of braking power and possibly a crash, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said.
"It's definitely not operating the way it should, and it's safety systems, so it brings it to the recall status," he said.
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