really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,943 miles

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2010 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

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2010 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

May 132014


  • miles


Brake soft pedal/weak performance - longer stopping distance I strongly feel the brake pedal is soft and the performance is not good. It has a longer stopping distance. Current mileage is about 50K miles. At 30K the brake fluid was replaced as recommended by a dealer, along with other major maintenance scheduled. Still I felt the same issue at 45K, but the dealer replaced the front pads of the brake one year ago, but the problem remained as of now. In the beginning I thought because it is a bigger car and Honda's brake style. But I found other similar minivan I rented for a travel had a tight and good performing braking system, and also I purchased a Honda CR-V this January which has a very tight and good performing brake as well. In the mean time, I found a previous brake related recall for the Honda Odyssey 2007-8 models. My 2010 model has the similar brake problem with the older models - soft brake pedal. I am not sure how Honda has solved the previous problem and whether is there any similar problem possibly remaining in the later model. Simple brake pad replacement/rotor polishing and so on, can not solve this soft brake pedal problem. Dealer has not solved the problem but simply replacing my front brake pad and adjustment of the brake system. I am afraid this problem is very similar to the previous Honda Odyssey 2007-8 model problems.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #25

Mar 282016


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Honda Odyssey. While approaching a complete stop, there was a delayed response when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact rear ended the vehicle in front of them. There were no injuries sustained. There was no police report filed. The vehicle was totaled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #24

Mar 202016


  • 130,000 miles
Traveling in motion at 40mph than a sudden acceleration of engine and speed. Very difficult to stop with brakes. Honda Odyssey was put on neutral than brakes were applied to stop vehicle. My vehicle was on a secondary rode at the time of sudden acceleration. We called aaa to pick up our Honda Odyssey and took it to our local mechanic for the rest of the day.

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #23

Aug 072012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. While approaching a complete stop, there was a delayed response when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times. The mechanic dispensed brake fluid, but was unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Ponte Vedra, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 202014


  • 68,000 miles
After front brakes were replaced pedal height felt decent. When stopping on a rainy day I felt the ABS kick in. It made a different sound than I've heard before. Ever since then the pedal height has not felt normal. Feels soft. If you pump it a couple times its not too bad but who has time for that in a sudden stop. The pedal feels as though it travels farther before engaging and when it does, it is still not hard like my Ford. For a vehicle like this with 4 wheel disc brakes it should stop on a dime like it used to. Had the brake fluid changed at the dealer. No difference. They could not give me a spec for the pedal height. Interesting. I guess the pedal can never be too low if there's no spec, only subjective to what Honda wants to admit is bad or not. Interestingly enough I have a 1989 Lincoln mark vii with the orginal Ford service manual. There is a specific range for the pedal height when measured from the floor board. Surprising how Ford has had it since 1989 and Honda is not required. Again - we can all think the pedal is too low but it's ultimately Honda's opinion since there's nothing to measure it against. I have owned this vehicle since it was brand new so I know how the brakes used to, and should feel. Given the number of complaints on the web with similar stories from the dealers and Honda I hope NHTSA will finally force this issue into a recall by reassessing the vehicles stopping distance against what was advertised. Or is this only applicable for the 3/36 warranty? NHTSA, in the wake of the VW scandal, please finally force Honda to pull their head of the sand, admit and correct these issues so many customers are complaining about. Especially as it pertains to something as critical as brakes.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #21

Aug 212015


  • 85,774 miles
Self acceleration on highway: Driving on highway (New York state thruway) I realized car (2010 Odyssey ex) was starting to speed up on its own, even with brake (foot completely off gas pedal) it was very difficult to slow down to below 55 mph: When I braked harder car shook heavily as if brake was fighting engine. Finally (within 1-2 miles) I came to a safe area to stop (a small rest-"text" stop) stopped on brake hard and pulled hand brake, and turned off engine - smoke came out of brakes. Front disk brakes were glowing orange. After brakes cooled down restarted car drove about 2 miles at 40mph - on highway to exit and checked into hotel.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #20

Feb 232015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Traction control / ABS activates while turning at 10 - 30 mph regardless of road conditions. Honda dealer indicates the yaw rate cluster sensor for ABS requires replacement. This is a know defect that was recalled on 2008 and earlier Honda Odyssey products. It appears that the same part is used up to 2011. Honda says this is my problem, there is no defect.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #19

Mar 262015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 62,420 miles
Unexpected sudden acceleration while parking.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #18

Oct 132014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle accelerated. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle, which crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the three passengers in the other vehicle's sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Henderson , NC, USA

problem #17

Sep 152014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Heard loud noice in the back of the van and the brakes started loosing control and I see vsa and brake indicators lit up in red and I lost control of all the brake.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 262014


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The contact was able to apply force to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle with extreme difficulty. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V504000 (service brakes, hydraulic), NHTSA campaign id number: 10V098000 (service brakes, air), and NHTSA campaign id number: 09V057000 ( parking brake). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #15

May 242014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 34,500 miles
Applied brakes to begin to turn into a parking lot - brakes have been very soft for months now - this time, they did not engage for a brief moment - less than a second and then engaged with usual "soft" feel. Pedal goes down almost all the way to the floor.

- Watchung, NJ, USA

problem #14

Apr 122014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 40,840 miles
I was pulling into a parking spot. I was approximately 3-4 feet from the curb in front of me. My foot was on the brake and I was slowing to a stop when the van suddenly accelerated extremely rapidly (and was not responsive to brake application ) and slammed into the curb in front of me, causing minor damage to the front end. I verified that the floor mats were not near the accelerator.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #13

Mar 212014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 62,134 miles
I have had my vehicle into both a tires plus and zimbrick Honda (madison, wi) regarding what I would call a very soft brake pedal feel. Both service departments agreed that there was plenty of life on the rotors/pads. Both flushed the brake fluid. However the brake pedal still needs to be pressed 2/3 of the way down to stop the vehicle.

- Sauk City, WI, USA

problem #12

Jan 212014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 37,259 miles
Took vehicle to dealership because I have a concern about grinding noise from the rear brakes when backing up. I was told that the noise is coming from the parking brake pads. I could let them sand the edges for $200, but the problem would probably return. At that point I declined to have anything done to the parking brake. I was told that no harm would be done to the vehicle while this is happening. I think that Honda should look into this matter because I consider braking a very serious matter, especially at some point in time if you cannot stop.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 032014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I got into the car with my children on Jan 3rd at about 11:30 am. As we were approaching the highway on-ramp, the car suddenly stopped (brake) for absolutely no reason while I had my foot on the gas! I made a U-turn to get away from the on-ramp and go home. The car was not driving right. The car slowed/stopped 2 more times. I was on my street, when the "brakes went out". I coasted into my driveway. Smoke began billowing out of front wheel wells. When I was turning off the ignition, the vsa light came on. I didn't know if the car was on fire, so I rushed my kids out of the car and called 911. The fire department arrived while the car was still smoking, hot, and smelling. I had car towed. The dealership called and was going to get Honda involved. They could not see any problems and couldn't duplicate the event. My service advisor said that the car was "drivable", but didn't feel comfortable letting me take it. I said that I didn't feel comfortable taking it because I can?T trust its safety. January 5- I have been doing a lot of research about a very recent recall on this exact problem. There is a problem with a yaw sensor telling the vsa system to engage while the car is accelerating without the brake lights turning on. Now it all makes sense! the only problem is that my car is not named in this recall. Only 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey owners were notified. I have a 2010. According to the documents, Honda does not have the parts to fix the problem, but will explain to owners what to do in case this sudden stopping occurs. I am dumbfounded! there is not a chance that my children and I will get into that car with "instructions" in the event this happens again. It seems that the problem is not contained to 2007-2008 models. It is quite obvious that Honda needs to expand its initial recall. I think they should be warned about this potentially deadly problem.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 072012


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph and applied the brakes however, there was an abnormal vibration and a high pitched noise that emitted continuously. The contact also mentioned that there was a delayed response when braking. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer eight times where the front brakes and rotors were replaced, however the failure persisted after the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Play Vista, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012010


  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he applied the brakes and noticed that the pedal was very soft and slow to respond. The contact also haphazardly depressed the accelerator pedal simultaneously. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer several times over the course of three years and the contact was informed that the brakes were operating as designed each time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15 and the current mileage was 10,000.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #8

Nov 232012


  • 20,747 miles
The van I bought was on 3/28/2010, the brake pad was very soft, I had to press very deep down, I have been to the Honda dealer 3 times already for the same problems, but every time they found something wrong/broken, I had to pay out of my pocket. First was masterly cylinders has internal failure, , they replaced master cylinder on the date of 01/03/13, then they found air in brake fluid line and front rotors to be badly rusted, so they replaced front pads and machined front rotors on the date of 03/15/13, and then they found rear pads and rotors to be warped, they replaced the rear pads and rotors. Also the check engine light kept going on and off, I went to the dealer as well, this is they found code P0171 fuel system too lean, on the date of 05/28/13, and 06/14/13., I took my car there again today the dealer still holding my car. The automatic door sometime doesn't closed all the way.

- Lanham , MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 142013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and there was a delayed response. The driver crashed into the rear of another vehicle. No injuries were reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 18,000.

- Irwin, CA, USA

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