As many as 428,000 models of the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Honda Element were recalled on Monday due to a problem with the interlock lever of the vehicle's ignition switch. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the faulty ignition switch can make it possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in "park".
Hence, if the vehicle's transmission is not in "park" and the parking brake is not set, then the vehicle could end up rolling away and an unexpected crash can occur. This latest recall covers the 2003 Accords and Civics as well as the 2003-2004 Elements.
Yet this is not the first Honda recall that we've seen with this same ignition switch problem. In 2003 and 2005, the the auto industry also saw recalls on this same issue that affected earlier versions of Honda Accords, Odysseys, Acuras, and Preludes.
There have reportedly been at least 28 complaints over the faulty interlock device and at least 11 instances where the cars started rolling and crashed, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Anybody who is an owner of one of the Honda vehicles affected by the latest recall should expect to receive a recall notice by late September. Visit www.recalls.honda.com to learn about the specific vehicles that are involved in the recall, as not all Accords, Civics, and Elements in the designated year have been recalled. Philadelphia residents should also not hesitate to call a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney if they feel that they've had damaged property due to the problems of the interlock lever of the ignition switch. Through an attorney, Honda owners can learn more information on filing a claim.