Honda Recalls 807,000 Vehicles for Roll-Away Risk


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    2003 Honda Odyssey Front 3/4

    Honda is recalling 807,000 vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey and Pilot and the 2003-'06 Acura MDX. | December 12, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Honda is recalling 807,000 vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey and Pilot and the 2003-‘06 Acura MDX, because of a problem that may cause the vehicles to roll away.
  • Honda said there may be a malfunction of the ignition interlock feature that could allow the ignition key to be removed without the automatic transmission being in Park.
  • NHTSA began investigating the problem in October after receiving 42 complaints from owners.

WASHINGTON — Honda is recalling 807,000 vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey and Pilot and the 2003-'06 Acura MDX, because of a problem that may cause the vehicles to roll away.

Honda said there may be a malfunction of the ignition interlock feature that could allow the ignition key to be removed without the automatic transmission being in Park.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem in October after receiving 42 complaints from owners. Of those complaints, 26 said the vehicle rolled away; 16 complaints alleged that the vehicles only stopped when they struck an object.

"Some complainants allege that their vehicles came to rest after hitting multiple parked cars," said NHTSA in its description of the problem. "One complainant alleged being knocked down as she tried to get into the vehicle to stop it as it rolled and another reported having hurt her knee when she attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling away.

One complainant reported that while attempting to stop a 2003 Odyssey from rolling away they were knocked down and their left leg was run over, resulting in a fracture of the fibula."

NHTSA has not yet posted official any official information about the recall.

Honda announced the recall on Wednesday, saying it involved approximately 318,000 Honda Odysseys, 259,000 Honda Pilots and 230,000 Acura MDXs.

"The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use," said Honda in a statement. "If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the automatic transmission shift lever is not in Park. If the transmission is not in Park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away and a crash could occur."

The recall is expected to begin in early February. Honda did not say how the vehicles will be fixed. Owners can contact Honda at 800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey or Pilot or a 2003-'06 Acura MDX it would be a good idea to set the parking brake until the repair can be made to your vehicle.

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