Recall Alert: Honda Recalls 383,000 Vehicles Due To Shifter Problem

August 9, 2010
2003 Honda Element

2003 Honda Element

Honda is recalling approximately 383,000 older Accord, Civic, and Element models due to a problem with the ignition interlock.

If the mechanism becomes worn out or damaged, it may be possible for drivers to remove the ignition key when the transmission isn't in park. The issue could cause the vehicles to roll away unattended.

The company says it has received some complaints about the issue, and several accidents have occurred, resulting in one minor injury.

By the numbers, 197,000 2003 Accords and 117,000 2003 Civics are being recalled, and 69,000 2003 and 2004 Honda Elements are also being recalled.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it has received 16 complaints, 11 of which involved runaway vehicles.

This isn't the first Honda recall for problems involving ignition interlocks. The company recalled 564,000 vehicles in 2003 for similar problems, and 487,000 vehicles in 2005.


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