Minivans from the 2007 and 2008 model years are affected by this recall.
Honda says a software and parts problem can cause hydraulic pressure to build in the braking system after an engine restart. The buildup can suddenly be released, causing heavy and unexpected braking without the brake lamps coming on.
Company officials said they are not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.
Honda says it will replace a sensor, but the part won't be available until early 2014. In the meantime, the Japanese automaker issued instructions online on how to drive to prevent the problem from occurring.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.