Canadian Manufacturing

Honda Canada recalling 8,000 vehicles due to braking problem

Electrical component in Vehicle Stability Assist system may have been damaged during manufacturing



MARKHAM, Ont.—Honda Canada says it is recalling about 7,800 vehicles to repair a potential malfunction that could affect braking—part of a global recall involving nearly 250,000 vehicles.

The problem lies with an electrical component of the Vehicle Stability Assist system, which on some cars, may have been damaged during manufacturing.

The automaker says the malfunction could apply a small amount of brake force without the brakes being touched, or apply too much brake force when the brakes are used.

Honda says there have been no reported crashes or injuries because of this, but it has received several complaints about the malfunction, which will be repaired free of charge.

The recall covers 3,200 Honda Pilot vehicles, 700 Acura RL vehicles and 3,800 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2005 model year, and 100 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2006 model year.

Honda says the owners of all affected vehicles will be notified my mail next month.

Honda Motor Co. said the recall includes more than 183,000 vehicles in the U.S., 56,000 in Japan and others in Australia, Mexico and Germany.

The Pilot was built at Honda’s Alliston, Ont., facility until 2007, while the Acura MDX is still built at the plant located approximately 90 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

With files from The Associated Press and Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

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