Honda Vehicles Under Investigation Over Potentially Defective Parts

October 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Vehicle Recalls

Some of the most popular models of Honda vehicles are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defect Investigation over an issue with these vehicles being involved in incidents caused because the cars inexplicably rolled away while parked.

According to a recent report issued by the federal agency, the 2003 and 2004 models of the Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot vehicles are equipped with transmissions that could be presenting issues with its interlocks, causing the vehicle to roll away in spite of the fact that the gear is placed in the PARK position.

The federal agency has urged consumers with the recalled cars to beware of the issue and remember to activate the emergency brakes whenever they park. Up to this moment, more than 40 reports of incidents related to these defective transmissions have been known of, however, the company will not issue a recall until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation is concluded.

According to some of the accounts, people sustained injuries like broken legs and wounded knees by trying to stop the vehicles from rolling away. The transmission interlocks in these vehicles could present issues and if engineers find that it’s true, a recall announcement will be issues.

Consumers with these recalled vehicles should check if their vehicles allow them to take the key from the ignition in spite of the fact that the automatic transmission is engaged or not in the ‘Park’ setting. In some cases, the system that is built into the car and that is designed to keep the driver from removing the key if the Park position is not activated, may not work.

Until the moment Honda or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s engineers reach a conclusion, consumers should be aware of the dangers associated with how dangerous this issue could be.

For more on this recall and how to reach the federal agency if you have an incident to report, click here for the full article.

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