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Honda Recalls 400,000 Cars For Roll-Away Problem

Faulty ignition interlocks blamed.

by on Aug.09, 2010

The 2003 Honda Accord is part of the latest in a series of Honda recalls for faulty ignition interlocks.

Honda is notifying nearly 400,000 owners that they need to have faulty ignition interlocks replaced to prevent their vehicles from unexpectedly rolling away.

This is the latest in an ongoing series of actions by Honda aimed at addressing the problem.  The latest recall involves 197,000 Accord models and 117,000 Civics from the 2003 model-year, as well as another 69,000 Element crossover vehicles from 2003 and 2004.

In all, Honda has now recalled 1.4 million vehicles since 2003 to deal with the roll-away problem, though the Japanese maker claims that different parts are responsible for each of the three separate recalls announced so far.

The latest recall was at least partially triggered by an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which began looking into complaints about the Accord in 2008, after receiving 15 complaints and reports of 10 crashes.  Since then, the numbers have nearly doubled.

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In one instance, a driver reported nearly being run over by her Honda after it began to roll out of her garage and down the driveway.  But so far, according to NHTSA, only one minor injury has been linked to the problem.

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