Honda recall of more than 800,000 Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs is the latest in what has been a recall-filled year for the automaker. The latest Honda recall involves ignitions that can release the key even when the car is not in park, allowing the vehicles to roll away.
Honda will recall approximately 807,000 vehicles in the United States and approximately 63,000 in other countries due to a problem with the key ignition.
The problem is a potential malfunction with the ignition interlock feature, which keep keys locked into the ignition when a car is not in park. Without it, a key can be removed when the vehicle is in drive, neutral, or reverse, and the car could move when it shouldn’t.
“The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use,” Honda America’s statement on the recall reads. “If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the automatic transmission shift lever is not in Park. If the transmission is not in Park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away, and a crash could occur.”
Honda has received several customer complaints about the problem, and says in its statement that it knows of two incidents that may have resulted in minor injuries.
Honda will notify vehicle owners by mail this coming February. At that time, customers affected by the recall can take their vehicles to Honda dealerships for a repair at no charge.