Honda will be recalling some 2005-2007 Odyssey minivans, Element trucks, and Acura RL sedans because of a problem with the braking system. According to Honda, the problem was found in the electronic stability control system. When the “vehicle stability assist modulator” tests itself, a small amount of air is allowed into the hydraulic brake lines. Over time, an air bubble can develop causing a loss of braking.

“Although not all vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, we are recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly,” Honda said in a statement. Customers are asked to wait for the recall letter before making an appointment since parts are not available yet. If you are already experiencing problems with the brakes, take it to your dealer immediately so the problem can be temporarily fixed until parts arrive. After April 19, owners can determine if their vehicles are being recalled by going to or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option number four.

Toyota has announced it will be recalling almost 750,000 vehicles in the United States because of leaky brake fluid lines that could lead to loss of stopping power. Toyota suspects that the brake fluid used during maintenance may have not had enough polymers as “Toyota genuine brake fluid”, which may have lead to the seals drying out. That leakage will cause the brake warning light to illuminate.

The models affected by this recall are:

  • 2005–6 Avalon
  • 2004–6 Highlander (non hybrid)
  • Lexus RX 330
  • 2006 Lexus GS 300
  • IS 250
  • IS 350

Toyota will begin sending out letters to owners urging them to schedule an appointment with a local dealer who will replace the seal at no charge to the owner. Owners wanting more information can call Toyota at (800-331-4331) or Lexus at (800-255-3987).

BMW has announced a world wide recall on almost 350,000 BMW 5, 6, and 7 series models built since 2002. The German car maker announced that some high mileage vehicles with 8 or 12 cylinder engines may experience brake fluid leakage into the hydraulics, preventing pressure from building up. The brakes will continue to work, but the driver will notice that more pressure is required on the brake pedal. A spokesman for BMW’s luxury brand Rolls-Royce said that they have not had any complaints regarding their Phantom models, but will ask Phantom customers to bring in their vehicles for inspection as well.