Recall: 870,000 Honda models for rolling away
The 2003-2004 Odyssey and Pilot, as well as the 2003-2006 Acura MDX, are affected by the automaker's chronic problem.
About 807,000 vehicles are affected in the U.S., including the 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot, and the 2003-2006 Acura MDX. Honda says the ignition mechanism can become "damaged or worn during use" and allow a driver to remove the key even when the transmission is not set in "park."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation in October after receiving 43 complaints from Odyssey and Pilot owners. More than half of the complaints involved stories of a runaway vehicle, including one in which a 2003 Odyssey ran over its owner's leg as she was attempting to stop it from rolling into a crowded street. Honda says it is aware of two related injuries.
Dealers will begin repairs starting in February. Affected owners can visit the official recall websites (www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com) or call the company at 1-800-999-1009.
Ignition interlock failures have been a chronic problem for Honda; more than 1.4 million other vehicles have been recalled since 2003. In that year, Honda recalled more than 563,000 vehicles, including the first-generation 1999 Odyssey, for interlock failures. The same problem resurfaced in a 2005 recall of more than 483,000 Accords, Preludes and Acura TLs. In 2010, Honda recalled more than 384,000 Accords, Civics and Elements from the 2003 and 2004 model years, again for the same problem. NHTSA collected reports of 18 alleged crashes and one injury due to 2010 recall.
Other vehicles have also posed a risk for rolling away. In October, BMW recalled the previous-generation 7-Series for a software problem that would select neutral when the car was shut off. NHTSA has also been investigating the 2002-2005 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers since 2009, citing 12 alleged crashes due to the vehicles rolling away while parked. The investigation is ongoing.
[Source: Honda, NHTSA, Detroit News]
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