Honda Recalls 870,000 Vehicles

In a twist of irony, Honda has just recalled 347,000 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans, 277,000 2003-2004 Honda Pilot SUVs, and 247,000 2003-2006 Acura MDX SUVs. It seems that the ignition switch lock can break, allowing the key to be removed while the vehicle is still in gear. If you unwittingly put it in reverse, then shut the motor off, your Honda minivan / SUV could roll away from you and crash. The irony here is that Honda’s chief competitor Toyota had to issue that massive recall back in 2009, over ‘runaway’ vehicles. By comparison, Honda’s ‘rollaway’ problem seems less severe.
So far, NHTSA has received 43 complaints, 16 crash reports, and 2 people have sustained minor injuries. Honda will begin replacing the affected ignition switches in February. But until then we encourage owners to double-check that their vehicle is in Park before removing the ignition key. Engaging the parking brake is also a good idea.