The latest recall to hit the automotive world involves around 197,000 Accords and 117,000 Civics from the 2003 model year and around 69,000 Honda Elements from 2003 and 2004.
Problems with the ignition switch interlock mechanism, which when malfunctioning can cause the vehicle to roll away when the key is removed, caused this latest recall. The problem could potentially cause an accident or even serious injury for riders getting out of the vehicle.
Drivers can tell if their interlock mechanisms are malfunctioning if they are able to remove the key without the vehicle being in park. If the parking brake is not engaged, the vehicle could roll away.
The Japanese automaker says it has received reports about problems with rolling parked cars and even reports of some incidents causing minor injury. In its press release announcing the recall, the company did not give any information on the number or severity of these incidents.
An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration beginning in September, 2008 found at least 11 reports of problem stemming from the malfunctioning ignition switch interlock mechanism.
After meeting with safety regulators on July 29th, Honda decided to go ahead and issue the recall.
Honda has announced it will begin letting affected owners know in late September whether their car falls under this recall. You will also be able to check the Honda recalls site after September 20th to see if your vehicle is affected.
In the mean time, if you have one of these vehicles, be sure you have your parking brake on when you’re getting out of your vehicle. And if you’re adversely affected by this or any other defective products, contact Denver personal injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm today.