American Honda Motor Co. has announced a voluntary recall of 471,820 vehicles to replace a seal in the brake master cylinder. According to the automaker, the seal could fail if the brake fluid installed at the factory is replaced with aftermarket fluids, which could cause a small leak and result in the brake fluid warning lamp to turn on. Eventually, the leak would create a soft brake pedal and possible loss of one of the two hydraulic braking circuits.
The recall involves 2005-2007 model year Acura RLs and 2005 to early 2007 model year Honda Odysseys. Honda says there have been no reported crashes or injuries as a result of the faulty brake cylinder. The RL sedan is manufactured in Japan and the Odyssey minivan is built in Alabama.
Honda will begin notifying vehicle owners in the next two months, and dealers will repair the brake cylinder free of charge. For more information, Honda Odyssey customers can visit www.recalls.honda.com or call 800-999-1009, while Acura owners can visit www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-382-2238.