Honda Recall - Honda Odyssey Minivans, Acura RL Recall

By: Kara Gilmour
Staff Writer
Published: Oct 24, 2021

Honda recall will replace a seal in the Honda brake master cylinder, preventing it from leaking fluid.

Honda recall affects 471,820 Honda Odyssey minivans and Acura RL sedans. The recall is needed to replace a seal in the Honda brake master cylinder. The car maker says use of the wrong Honda brake fluid could potentially cause the seals to deform, resulting in a slow leak of fluid.

The Honda recall follows an announcement a few days ago that Toyota Motor Corp. would recall more than 700,000 vehicles for a similar problem. For consumers, the recalls highlight potential pitfalls in having vehicles serviced by independent mechanics instead of at the dealership, or doing some of the work themselves at home.

They also support the idea that we should take to heart those labels that tell us to use only the manufacturer's brand-name replacement fluids and parts.

Honda says the master-cylinder seal can fail if the "Honda Genuine" DOT 3 brake fluid that comes in the vehicles from the factory is replaced with certain aftermarket brake fluids that don't offer the same level of lubrication. If such fluids are used, and the mechanic performs a manual brake bleed that includes a full and rapid stroke of the brake pedal, the seal can twist and eventually leak.

A brake fluid leak would cause the low brake fluid warning light to illuminate on the dashboard, and the condition could lead to a spongy-feeling brake pedal and the eventual loss of one of the two hydraulic braking circuits. Honda says it willbegin notifying owners within the next two months. Acura and Honda dealers will make the repairs using a redesigned seal.

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