Honda recalls more than 800,000 vans, SUVs for faulty ignition
by Patrick McCreless
Dec 12, 2012 | 4567 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Odyssey minivans roll along the assembly line at Honda's plant in Lincoln in this 2005 file photo. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Odyssey minivans roll along the assembly line at Honda's plant in Lincoln in this 2005 file photo. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Honda is recalling 800,000 minivans and sports utility vehicles, some of which were manufactured in the automaker’s Lincoln plant, because of what the manufacturer says are faulty ignition systems.

The American Honda Motor Company is recalling approximately 318,000 Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years. The Honda manufacturing plant in Lincoln started producing Odysseys in 2001 and Pilots in 2004. Honda initiated the recall to address a potential malfunction of the ignition interlock feature of the vehicles, a release from the company said.

Honda also is recalling about 230,000 Acura MDX luxury sports utility vehicles from the 2003 through 2006 model years. The Lincoln plant is currently expanding operations to make room for Acura MDX manufacturing in 2013.

According to a Honda press release, the company received several complaints about such malfunctions in these vehicles and is aware of a small number of related incidents, including two that allegedly resulted in minor injuries.

The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use, according to the company. If this happens, it might 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 encouraged owners of all affected models to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as possible. Notices are expected to be mailed to owners in early February. In addition to contacting customers by mail, owners of vehicles from the affected model years will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to and or by calling 1-800-999-1009 for Honda owners or 1-800-382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4, the company said.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.
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