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Honda Recalls S2000 and RSX Over Faulty Brakes

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On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:43AM | By: Teddy Field

Honda Recalls S2000 and RSX Over Faulty Brakes

Produced from 2000-2009, the Honda S2000 is a small, two-seat roadster, along the same lines as a Mazda Miata. Power in this second generation model (2006-2007—the group covered by the recall) came from a 237-hp 2.2L with a high-revving 8,000 rpm redline. This was essentially Honda’s “halo car”, designed to get attention like the Acura NSX. The Acura RSX, on the other hand, is a sport-lux version of the Civic, and it was one of the luxury division’s best-sellers. Both are being recalled because Honda discovered a flaw in some of the brake booster parts, which could lead to reduced power assistance when you step on the pedal. No crashes or injuries have been reported.

Then problem stems from internal brake booster components that were not manufactured to specification. Over time, these parts can wear out much quicker than they should, potentially causing the power booster to fail. If this happens, the brake pedal will suddenly become harder to press, but the brakes will still work. Honda says that the problem was discovered by some bean counters that were analyzing warranty claims.

Over the years, Honda vehicles have built a reputation for becoming integral parts of their owners’ lives. From the multi-adjustable child seat-friendly seats in the Honda Odyssey to the hidden storage compartments in the Honda Fit city car, it’s clear that Honda pays attention to its customer base. And that’s why the Honda S2000 was engineered to be the most reliable two-seat roadster ever made.

In its day, the 2006 Honda S2000 competed against the likes of the BMW Z3, and Mercedes CLK. Both were praised for their excellent driving dynamics, and luxurious accommodations. However, owners were more likely to see seat time outside the dealership service center, than in the car itself. Honda’s high-revving roadster, on the other hand, didn’t suffer from glitch-itis like its pricier rivals. But, ultimately, it lacked the panache of a Bimmer or a Merc.

The Acura RSX was also reliable and fun to drive. It had plenty of panache too. The Tuner World loved Acura’s sexy little coupe, and the hot RSX Type-S is highly coveted, even today. We’re not sure why Honda’s luxury division chose to ax such a strong-seller from its lineup, but we hope that Acura will come to its senses one day, and re-introduce a properly sporting coupe.

Given the obsessively engineered nature of these two cars, it’s surprising to see them being recalled. But unlike most recalls, Honda discovered this problem in-house, then issued the recall voluntarily. NHTSA didn’t have to ‘investigate’ anything, which goes to show that Honda really does look out for its customers. If you own one of the 5,239 2006-2007 Honda S2000s, or 13,113 2006 Acura RSXs, Honda will notify you by mail in July. After that, you can take your car to the local Honda dealership, where they’ll inspect & replace the brake booster free of charge.

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