Honda is recalling certain 2012 and 2013 CR-V SUVs and Odyssey minivans as well as certain 2013 Acura RDX crossovers to fix an automatic shift problem.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. at 204,169.
2012 Honda OdysseyEnlarge Photo
A statement from Honda on its website said that the recall population is 204,500 in the U.S., affecting approximately 128,000 Honda CR-V, 59,000 Honda Odyssey and 17,500 Acura RDX vehicles.
According to the NHTSA bulletin, during sub-freezing temperatures, the vehicle’s transmission may shift out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal. This condition is a violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.
If the gear selector moves from the park position without pressing the brake pedal, the vehicle may roll away, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
Documentation from Honda (PDF) indicates that the brake-shift interlock mechanism in affected vehicles may have been manufactured improperly. The automaker said it discovered the problem during an internal investigation. No customer complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.
2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDXEnlarge Photo
What Honda will do
Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace the defective brake shift interlock blocking mechanism with an updated one. The service will be performed at no charge. The Honda safety recall is expected to begin May 13, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2012-2013 Honda CR-V, 2012-2013 Honda Odyssey and 2013 Acura RDX vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. The recall numbers are: 396 (Honda CR-V), 397 (Honda Odyssey), and 398 (Acura RDX).
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V143000.