Honda Recalls 18,000+ U.S. Cars for Faulty Brake Boosters
Because of the risk of a crash stemming from faulty brake boosters, 18,352 Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled in the United States, according to a Honda press release.
“A production error may have allowed brake booster components to be produced outside of the original specifications, potentially causing decreased brake assistance over time, which could increase the risk of a crash,” Honda writes.
In fact, as Associated Press reports in an article appearing in The Seattle Times, Honda is recalling a total of 104,500 cars in 49 countries for the brake problem. In the U.S., that includes the more than 13,000 Acura RSX compact cars from 2006, and 5,000 Honda S2000 sports cars from 2006 and 2007 model years. Outside the U.S. the recall involves the 2006 and 2007 Honda Edix, the 2006 Honda Mobilio, the 2006 Honda Spike, the 2005 and 2006 Honda Air Wave, the 2006 Honda Stream, and the 2005 and 2006 Honda Integra, AP writes.
An editorial appearing on MSN.com’s Exhaust Notes says:
The 2006-2007 Honda S2000 and 2006 Acura RSX have brake boosters that can cause ‘decreased brake assistance over time’ and make it harder for drivers to stop the vehicle. Honda said that it received many warranty claims related to the issue, but that no injuries or accidents were reported.
Associated Press writes that Honda discovered the problem by watching warranty claims. Because some power brake booster parts were not made to specifications, the possible resulting decrease in braking power over time could increase the risk of a car accident, AP writes.
Honda announced the recall to encourage owners of all the affected vehicles to bring those vehicles to dealers as soon as they receive notification from American Honda. Honda plans to send notifications in mid-July. Vehicle owners can also find out if their vehicles need repair by checking recalls.honda.com and recalls.acura.com; or Honda owners can call 800-999-1009, and Acura owners can call 800-382-2238 and choose option 4. Dealers will replace the brake boosters if necessary, AP notes.
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