Honda Recalls 383,000 Cars Due to Rollaway Hazard
The number of recalls in 2010 alone reaches an incredibly high level, with the trend never showing any signs of a descent. As for this week, the recall news is hitting the world again.
This time, the call back has been announced by Honda, with the campaign affecting a total of 383,000 older-generation Accord, Civic and Element in the U.S. due to an issue with the ignition interlock system that could allow the vehicles to roll away.
The ignition interlock mechanism can become worn or damaged and might allow the ignition key to be pulled out even though the lever is not in the park mode. That can cause the vehicle to suddenly roll and lead to an accident.
“The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use,” a Honda release stated. “If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the 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 campaign affects 197,000 Accord sedans and 117,000 Civic sedans belonging to the 2003 model year and 69,000 Element vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years.
The Japanese company said it has received several complaints related to this kind of failure and it is only aware of a limited number of accidents resulted from this.
Owners will receive recall notifications in September. If your vehicle belongs to the list of affected cars, you can contact Honda via its dedicated recall website or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.
What is interesting is that Honda has recalled vehicles in the past due to faulty ignition mechanisms. Back in 2003, Honda recalled over 560,000 vehicles with an additional lot of 487,000 cars being called back in 2005.