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.