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Honda to recall 250,000 vans and crossovers over braking problem

by Andrew Ganz

Honda\'s recall includes 250,000 2004-2005 models sold globally.

A stability control problem that affects vehicle braking has prompted Honda to recall about 250,000 vehicles across the globe, including 183,500 Acura RL and MDX and Honda Pilot models in the United States.

An additional 57,000 cars in Japan, plus an additional 10,000 vehicles sold in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand are also on the automaker's recall list. The recall covers 2004 and 2005 model year vehicles in the United States, although it extends to some 2006 model year units globally.

In Japan, the automaker is recalling its Legend, StepWgn, Elysion and Odyssey models. It's worth noting that the Japanese-market Odyssey is different than the North American model.

The issue with the stability control's wiring could cause the brakes to operate even if the driver doesn't push on the brake pedal. Similarly, the brakes might activate more strongly than the driver intended under light braking.

Honda says it isn't aware of any accidents or injuries directly related to the problem.

The Japanese automaker will begin alerting owners soon and it will remedy affected vehicles free of charge at its dealerships.

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