Honda has announced that it is recalling over 800,000 minivans and crossover-utility vehicles to fix a problem with the ignition interlock. Over time, the device is wearing down and allowing the vehicle’s key to be removed when the vehicle is not in park. This has caused some incidents of the vehicles rolling away. This specific recall is for 318,000 Honda Odysseys and 259,000 Honda Pilots model year 2003 and 2004, and for 230,000 Acura MDX model years 2003-2006. At least 42 Honda Odysseys have reportedly rolled away, with 16 minivans hitting something.
Honda is on track to have the most vehicles affected by product recalls for two years running. 3.8 million Honda vehicles were recalled in 2011, nearly 25% of all vehicle recalls for the year. This year, in addition to the 800,000 vehicles recalled for roll-away risk, 573,000 Honda vehicles were recalled for fire risk, 820,000 for headlight failures, and a separate 266,000 for a different fire risk.
Studies show that Honda still has a reputation for quality and reliability, but these recent recalls have thrown that reputation into jeopardy. Honda owners who are affected by these recalls should consult with their local Honda dealerships about repair options.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled product, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at (800) 333-0000 to schedule a free consultation.