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Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it will recall about 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element small trucks due to a brake problem.

American Honda Motor Co. said the company filed the recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, citing complaints from customers who said brake pedals feel “soft” or that their distance from the floor when depressed gradually decreases.

In the affected vehicles — made for the 2007-2008 model years — the problem worsens very slowly, eventually requiring the driver to press the pedal close to the floor, Honda said.

Honda said the problem results from air getting into a part of the braking system called the vehicle stability assist modulator.

According to U.S. media, NHTSA has reported three crashes due to the problem with minor injuries and no deaths.

The latest recall came a month after Japan’s second-biggest automaker recalled more than 420,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada to fix defective air bags.

In January, some 646,000 Honda Fit and Jazz vehicles were recalled worldwide due to a problem in their power window switch that could cause a fire if water gets into the door handle.

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