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Honda to recall about 380,000 vehicles over ignition switch

A problem could let the key be removed without the car being in park. The recall affects certain 2003 Accords and Civics as well as some 2003 and 2004 Elements.

August 10, 2010|By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

Honda Motor Co. said Monday that it was recalling more than 380,000 of its vehicles to fix a problem with the ignition switch that could lead to a vehicle rolling away and cause a collision.

The problem is that the ignition interlock mechanism on some vehicles can be damaged or worn during use. After that occurs, it could allow the ignition key to be removed without the car being shifted into park, allowing the car to roll away. It is Honda's third recall related to the problem since 2003.

The Japanese automaker said it would recall about 197,000 Accords and 117,000 Civics from the 2003 model year and roughly 69,000 Element vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years in the United States.

Honda said that it received several complaints about such failures in the vehicles and that a handful of related incidents had been reported, including one that resulted in a minor injury.

The company said it would begin notifying customers of affected vehicles about the repair in late September. It encourages the vehicle owners to visit an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification.

william.hennigan@latimes.com

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