Certain Honda Odyssey minivans registered in Texas and elsewhere across
the country are the subject of a
recall. Honda has recalled 344,187 of the minivans built between Aug. 8, 2006
and Sept. 8, 2008. These Odysseys may be vulnerable to potential hard
braking that occurs without warning. The software in the Vehicle Safety
Assist System is apparently the issue. Thus far, no accidents or injuries
have been reported due to the problem.
However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement
attributing the problem to a combination of software and system failures
that may cause the brakes to stop hard without illuminating the brake
lights. The federal agency expressed its concern over the increased possibility of
car crashes occurring because of the issue.
Following the receipt of 22 complaints of unexpected Odyssey minivan braking,
the NHTSA began a safety probe in June 2013. Honda subsequently reported
to the NHTSA that, through June 30, 2013, the automaker had received 109
warranty claims directly related to the issue. Honda also reported that
it had received 205 field reports regarding the unexpected braking.
Honda intends to address the issue in the affected Odysseys by having its
dealers put new updated yaw sensors in the vehicles. However, the Japanese
automaker has further announced that it cannot begin the recall due to
a parts shortage. Therefore, the recall is expected to be delayed until
March 2014. Honda indicates that owners of the vehicles involved will
receive a letter when the recall can go forward.
This delay in completing a needed repair could pose a further problem for
Honda if a car accident caused by the problem were to occur between the
original recall announcement and the commencement of recall repairs in
March 2014. WhenÂ someone is injured by a
defective product, compensation for medical expense, lost wages and pain and suffering is
potentially available if an appropriate civil lawsuit is filed.