Honda Recalls 807,000 Vehicles for Roll-Away Risk


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    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.

Comments

  • If more people would pay attention to their surroundings and make sure things are the way they are supposed to be it wouldn't matter if the key came out with the tyranny out of park. Some people just walk around in life aimlessly without a care in the world. I don't see how some of them even lived past the age of 5. What happened to the time if the park didnt work or your ebrake was broken you tossed a block of wood under the tire to keep it from rolling away? lol. silly new generations.

  • b2thev b2thev Posts:

    Unsurprisingly, another recall announcement regarding the second-generation (1999-2004) Honda Odyssey's transmission. Edmunds and the other forums (just google honda odyssey transmission) are filled with stories from customers, who like me, were forced to spend thousands of dollars to replace a transmission that Honda admits to knowing is defective. And if you've had the "pleasure" of speaking to one of Honda's call center representatives to complain about the impropriety of the customer bearing the burden of fixing Honda's mistake, you've also been offered nothing more than a referral to a Honda dealer -- after being interrogated about your loyalty to the company and accused of harsh driving because you have a low mileage Odyssey. Honda has unreasonably burdened its customers with a hefty expense that otherwise puts families at risk. For a company whose condescending representatives wanted to talk with me about anything but its obligation to the customer, the only loyalty in question is Honda's to its customers.

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