Brake-Hold Fault Causes Honda Recall

TORRANCE, Calif. – American Honda Motor Co. has agreed to recall certain Honda Civic, Acura RDX, Acura Integra and Honda Accord vehicles which might have a faulty brake-hold feature.

The 386 vehicles within the recall population, spread amongst model-year 2023 Civic, 2023 RDX, 2023 Integra and 2022 Accord models were determined to have potentially been produced with the condition.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-430, “A ball valve in the vehicle stability assist (VSA) modulator was damaged during the manufacturing process, resulting in an insufficient seal on the valve. The insufficient seal can result in potential brake fluid leakage in the VSA modulator.”

This leak could result in the aforementioned inadvertent and unexpected movement despite the vehicle’s brake-hold feature being engaged, which according to NHTSA, could lead to a crash or injury.

NHTSA also reported, “drivers may experience increased brake pedal travel length when applying the service brakes, which may result in them feeling that there is reduced braking ability, even though there is no reduction in braking power.”

There have been no reports of warranty claims, accidents or injuries due to this condition.

The remedy consists of registered owners bringing their vehicles to certified Honda dealers where the VSA modulator will be replaced.

Dealers were scheduled to be notified in mid-June; owners are scheduled to be notified as to the recall by July 24th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.