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Honda Recalls Civic, Accord And Element Models

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Commuter Cars, General, Honda, Newsworthy, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | August 9th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

2004 Honda Element

Do you own a 2003 Honda Civic or Honda Accord? How about a 2003 – 04 Honda Element? If you answered yes, heads up: a potentially defective ignition interlock switch may allow you to remove the ignition key without your vehicle’s transmission being placed into park. This could result in the vehicle moving without operator input, greatly increasing the chances of an accident. Roughly 384,000 vehicles are affected by this recall, which is scheduled to begin in late September.

Honda dealers will remove and replace the potentially defective ignition interlocks with a redesigned part. Until Honda dealers have the parts in stock, it would be a good idea to make sure your Civic, Accord or Element is firmly in Park, with the parking brake set, when you exit your vehicle. Customers with questions or concerns can reach Honda’s customer service hotline at (800) 999-1009.

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5 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Two words: Parking brake. It should always be used, regardless of whether or not you have an automatic or manual. But, telling people this is like telling them new diesels run cleaner than gasoline cars; they’ll never listen.

  2. Kurt says:

    Set, I was going to tell people to “curb their wheels” as well, but I didn’t think anyone would have a clue what I was talking about. Does anyone teach that anymore, or has that gone extinct with learning to drive a stick?

  3. Set says:

    Well, I know in San Fransisco, it’s a ticketable offense not to. So, in some parts of the country, it is still taught.

  4. Kurt says:

    Good to know. I don’t think we have a hill higher that 50′ in FL, so I doubt very much drivers are taught how to park on a hill.

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