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Honda just announced the recalling of 470,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to the failing of the master brake cylinder. Honda is using the same supplier as Toyota for the master brake cylinder part, which Toyota has been recalling 1.66 million of its vehicles worldwide a few days ago due to breakage of the seal in the master brake cylinder.
According to The Detroit News, both Honda and Toyota employed identical supplier for the part. The problem of the leakage in the master brake cylinder exists when owners use a different type of brake fluid other than the factory type, a seal within the master cylinder will have a potential to crack. The crack will cause a leak that may ultimately lead to the decrease of pressure power to the braking system. Hence, you will feel a spongy feeling when pressing on the brake pedal.
The Honda recall addresses the 2005-2007 Acura RL models and 2005-2007 Honda Odyssey minivans. At this time, Honda doesn’t know exactly the number of its vehicles are affected by the master brake cylinder malfunction nor how many have leaked. Honda states that it would replace the defective seal and the brake booster also if leaking has happened.