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Recall: 204,196 Honda models for shift lock failure

The shifter can be moved out of park without depressing the brake on certain 2012-2013 models.

By Exhaust Notes Apr 19, 2013 5:25AM
Honda is recalling 204,196 cars to fix brake-shift interlocks that could fail and cause the shifter to be moved without depressing the brake, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2012-2013 CR-V and Odyssey, and the 2013 Acura RDX have interlock system parts that can contract in "subfreezing temperatures" and "become slow to return to its proper position," Honda said in a statement. That means the shifter could be moved out of park without pressing the brake pedal, as is required on all vehicles to prevent unintended acceleration. Honda said it has not received any reports of related accidents or injuries.

Dealers will install a new brake shift interlock system in mid-May. Affected owners can visit the official recall websites (​m and​m) or call the company at 1-800-999-1009.

Interlock failures have been a chronic problem for Honda, particularly on its ignition systems, whereby the key is supposed to be locked into the ignition slot until the car is put into park. In December, Honda recalled 870,000 models, including the 2003-2004 Odyssey, for ignition interlocks that could allow the driver to pull the key out of the ignition when the vehicle is not in park.

In 2003, Honda recalled more than 563,000 vehicles, including the first-generation 1999 Odyssey, for ignition 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 had collected reports of 18 alleged crashes and one injury due to the 2010 recall.

[Source: NHTSA]
Apr 19, 2013 8:59AM
My experience with cars is that I have owned  Chevys, Fords, Mazdas, a Hyundiai, Toyota and a Dodge. All of these were bought new and have had problems with all of them. Some minor, some major.  I bought my wife a new 2005 Honda Accord loaded with all the options and it is a daily driver and to this day it has not been in the shop for any repairs except regular maintenance. Every thing on the car works like the day it was bought. Hands down this is the most reliable car I have ever owned in my life. Everyone has a favorite car brand but my next one will be another Honda if this one ever finally stops running.
Apr 19, 2013 8:36AM
i think its so funny how i see comments on domestic vehicles dating back into the 80's . Really i think are technology improved just a bit . Also i have seen the cars that are well maintained and taken care of , dont have issues.
Apr 19, 2013 7:06AM
Looks like Honda is trying to take the recall trophy away from Toyota.
Apr 19, 2013 8:29AM
Honda has been cutting corners for years since the Korean manufacturers started taking market share.  i gave up on Honda several years ago when their paper filter transmissions started failing every 100k miles at a cost of $4000 each.  Good riddance Honda.
Apr 19, 2013 8:35AM

Just think, the shift-lock mechanism would not be needed if people weren't boneheads and shifted their cars out of park without their foot on the brake - which of course leads to someone or something getting hit accidentally.  Just another needless system added to counter people's stupidity.


Of course we'll have all the people wining about Honda cars now, having poor quality.  This minor system failure should have no impact whatsoever on Honda's quality rating.  While I do not own one, Honda is a well-built, reliable car - bottom line.  It's like bashing Toyota for the "faulty" floor mats.  Really, unbelievable.

Apr 19, 2013 8:36AM
Right, buy German, those pieces of crap will cost you a fortune to repair.
Apr 19, 2013 9:11AM
Manufacturers of everything are to blame.  They use cheap parts and wonder why they don't last.  For what we pay for these cars they should last 20 years like my grandmother's washer.  Why do consumers allow this to happen?
Apr 19, 2013 8:10AM
Really? Honda San aint what it used to be, that's for sure. I had an old 4 speed 1983 Accord that I put close to 275K on commuting.  I guess those days are over for Honda. It looks like they need a 'Total Recall' on their quality control.
Apr 19, 2013 9:51AM

Lets talk reality!!! There is NO SUCH THING AS AN AMERICAN MADE CAR ANYMORE!! Every car that was made here is made by someone else. Every japanese car that was made there is now made here. Korean cars are made here too. It's a global market now. Frankenstein cars if you will. Part of it made here part of it made there. Unions have killed the job market cause they just want too much money.

don't get me started. Just find a vehicle that best suits your needs and buy it. I have never seen a new car store without a service/repair dept. They all have them. And they all have recalls. If you don't believe it, make a list of every car you can think of and check for recalls. They all have some kind of issue. Really folks, just buy what you like and get a fair price for it and take care of it the best you can.

Apr 19, 2013 10:01AM
Used to hate the loud CLACK my Accord made shifting into reverse ! They all do it I was told.
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