Honda Motor Company announced a recall of certain model years of Accord, Civic and Element passenger cars for a defect in the ignition switch that could lead to the vehicle rolling away and an increased crash risk.
The ignition switch in 2003 Accords and Civics as well as 2003 and 2004 model year Elements could allow the key to be removed without the vehicle's transmission in park. The recall affects a total of 384,200 vehicles. It is the third recall concering an ignition switch defect since 2003.
This most recent recalls follow a 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation after the agency received 16 consumer complaints regarding 2002 and 2004 Accords. The automaker has said that they know of a small number of incidents and one minor injury relating to this problem.
The recall is expected to being in late September. Honda dealers will remove an interlock pin and lever within the ignition switch and replace them at no charge. Owners can contact Honda for more information.