Honda to recall Accord, Civic and Element Vehicles
Honda motor Company is recalling approximately 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles from the 2003 model year. In addition about 69,000 2003 and 2004 Element vehicles are also being recalled. It’s to prevent a malfunction of the ignition interlock on these vehicles.
The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during extended use, making it 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.
Honda will be contacting owners of affected vehicles in late September to bring their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification. Honda has received a few complaints about failures in these vehicles. Honda says there have been a couple incidents, including one resulting in a minor injury.
Honda will be contacting customers by mail. After Sept. 20, 2010, owners can go on-line or call Honda to see if their cars are affected ( www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.