By Ed Attwood
Japanese car maker says breaking mechanism fault will affect limited number of Odyssey vehicles.
Auto giant Honda has begun a recall of some vehicles in the UAE due to concerns over breaking mechanisms.
Local distributor Trading Enterprises was told by the Japanese car manufacturer that a limited number of Honda Odysseys - model years 2007 and 2008 - are subject to a service campaign.
The campaign will address an issue of air entering the Vehicle Stability Actuator (VSA) modulator, resulting in a soft brake feel.
The recall is limited to 245 cars – 112 from the ’07 model and 133 from the ’08 model.
“Trading Enterprises has already initiated procedures to contact the owners of the affected units and will invite them to bring their vehicle to our service centres to complete the approved repair,” Mark Kass, managing director of Trading Enterprises, Honda, said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Nissan confirmed in a statement that 32,147 vehicles in the Middle East were potentially affected by a fuel gauge inaccuracy and another 15,670 were affected by faulty brake pedal pins.
Toyota said it is working closely with the UAE government’s Consumer Protection Department and local distributor Al Futtaim Motors on the repairs to and maintenance of some 2,300 cars.
Toyota is no doubt suffering in the court of public opinion. Their perceived lack of concern for their customers will have lasting affects. But Ford Motors comes in 2nd with over 50+ â€œSudden Unintended Accelerationâ€ cases. My Pontiac Car had a bad anti lock brake control unit so GM has also had serious recalls this year. I looked on http://www.carpedalrecall.com and found the recall info and local dealership listing; my co Worker had a pedal recall on his ford truck so just look out .
With reference to current recall, have personally had drive train issues with a brand new civic, which to my utter disappointment have been technically ignored by their service shop in Rashidiya. Having complained of jittery/irregular front end vibrations at any speed over 80 kmph, the technicians have remarked this as 'road-sensing by sports tuned steering'???. I hope other civic owners also bring their experinces into the lime light. Will never buy any Honda product again.
Obvious that these cars were manufactured during recession and the car manufacturers, notably the American ones, were near bankrupcy. I drive a Civic (apparently, not American) 2009 model and am looking at buying a used Accord 2008. I just hope that 1) they will be able to fix it and 2) make certain that the repairs, if needed, will be more reliable than the original manufacturing. I would feel better if I had this done back home as I am not sure the attention to detail will be the same in the UAE.
More intersting thing to worry about ! How do you know you really have an air bag (s) in your vehicle ? Lots of money saved if not installed. My Toyota dealer in Kuwwait told me when I asked. How many air bags have you seen in the wrecks along the road? I see less than 1 a tesar.