Detecting a malfunction in ignition interlock which may cause key to be removed despite transmission shift lever not in ‘Park’ mode has caused Honda to recall 800,000 units of their minivans and SUVs. Due to this malfunction, the vehicle will roll away in the event of drivers forgetting to set the parking brake.
Following a host of complaints and minor accidents in this regard, the company has decided to recall these 807,000 vehicles and have issued a formal statement to this effect. Customers are advised to take their vehicle to local authorized dealers for rectification once they receive recall notices. This recall is likely to affect 318,000 Honda Odyssey and 259,000 Honda Pilot owners and 230,000 Acura MDX vehicles in the US. Acura to recall its 2003-2006 MY Acura MDX crossovers. The same holds true with 2003-2004MY Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUV.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigation of the problem in October 2012 after receiving 42 complaints from owners. Out of these complaints, 26 stated that their vehicle just rolled away while 16 owners alleged that the vehicle stopped when it struck an object.