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NHTSA Opens Investigation into Honda Odyssey for Braking Issues

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on July 8, 2013 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently opened an investigation, based on owner complaints, into sudden and unexpected braking problems in 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles. If a recall is issued to correct the problem, it will affect as many as 344,000 vehicles, according to the agency. A similar recall was issued in March 2013 to deal with braking issues in other Honda and Acura vehicles.

The investigation is based on 22 separate complaints from Honda Odyssey owners who reported that the vehicle applied its brakes without driver action, sometimes quite suddenly. Sudden and unexpected braking can cause serious injuries, even if no other vehicles are involved in an accident. Passengers may be thrown violently forward and backward, causing whiplash or other serious car accident injuries.

The March recall of other Honda vehicles addressed a problem with those car’s Vehicle Stability Assist, which is an electronic stability control system designed to improve safety in accidents. The systems electronically detect if the vehicle’s front or rear wheels are sliding off course, and they apply pressure from the brakes in order to nudge the vehicle back on track.

The NHTSA’s preliminary investigation will examine whether a similar problem is occurring in the 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles, and if not, what the cause of the unexpected braking may be. The investigation is the first step toward a recall.

At the Jurewitz Law Group, our experienced San Diego car accident attorneys are dedicated to vigorously representing each of our clients and protecting your legal rights as we strive to secure the compensation you need. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact us today. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

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