Honda is recalling 871,000 SUVs and minivans for an issue in which the vehicles may roll away after the key has been removed from the ignition. Ninety-two percent of the recalled vehicles, or 807,000 vehicles, are in the US. According to a report from Reuters, the effected vehicles include certain numbers of the Honda Odyssey and Pilot, as well as the Acura MDX. Here are the recall figures:
  • 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey: 318,000 vehicles
  • 2003-2004 Honda Pilot: 259,000 vehicles
  • 2003-2005 Acura MDX: 230,000 vehicles
  • Additional Honda vehicles outside US: 64,000
The specific issue at the center of the recall pertains to the ignition interlock. A part of that system could become damaged or worn. As a result, the key could be removed, even if the car's transmission is in drive or the vehicle is still on.

A probe was opened into the issue after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 43 complaints, including several reported injuries. NHTSA found that the vehicles in these complaints rolled off, and some hit parked cars, fences, trees and mailboxes. One owner even reported a fractured fibula sustained while trying to stop an Odyssey that was rolling away. In February of 2013, Honda will commence the distribution of recall noticed to the vehicles in question.


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      Seriously
      • 1 Month Ago

      If this happens to you, do NOT go to Acura.  Go to a lawyer immediately.  This happened to me over a year after I took my car in for the recall.  My kid was in the car at the time and it could have been a tragedy.  I made the mistake of contacting Acura.  The dealership said that they "could not duplicate" the problem, which to me means that they covered up the fact that the recall wasn't performed correctly the first time.  When someone from Acura called me, they acted all concerned until they got a statement from me and then said, "ok, thanks!"  Never heard from them again.  I repeat, if this happens to you, contact a lawyer. 

      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like I said the other day, any new Asian vehicle you drive off the lot will have at least 4 defects, with one or more of those a major defect. The problem is that unlike a new FORD, you won't find out about those defects until YEARS LATER. I rest my case. Oh, I do believe this may put Honda back in the running for this year's "Top Junk" award of most recalled vehicles, with Toyota a close second. Toyota and Honda have duked it out for this coveted award for the past 4 years, with Toyota winning 3 times and Honda taking one win.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        So, Walt, is Ford on your "Top Junk award" too? How many recalls on the Fusion and Escape in how much time now? Exactly what I thought...
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          You have to recall millions of vehicles in any given calendar year in order to win my "Top Junk" award. Ford isn't even close to being in the running, because unlike the Japanese they build a quality product. To my legions of fans, be sure to tune in early next year to see who takes the 2012 "Top Junk" award. My guess, Toyota will squeak out yet another victory, with Honda a close second.
        Dyson Lu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        A little moment for nationalist jerks to rejoice I guess.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        "Because unlike the Japanese they build a quality product." Loved your clarifying post concerning GM truck sales, but that's not going to get you out of a bunk ticket for that line. Telling customers to garage their brand new car over a programming or assembly oversight is no more a display of superior quality than addressing defects that took almost ten years to develop, which Ford has also been plagued with. And who's to say that this new generation of Ford products won't find itself subject to recall in ten years time? Ms. Cleo? You do know she's a fake, right? I don't mind when people have the fortitude to take on bad/biased reporting, but it's really disappointing when instead of setting the record straight, they take the time to push biases that are as laughably false as what are combating.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        John Montgomery
        • 2 Years Ago
        Death, First, the comparison is spot on. Ford is being investigated for the same exact issue Honda. Honda recalled their vehicles in less than 3 months, Ford has yet to issue a recall after three years. Recalls are listed by model years. To date, Ford has issued 7 recalls affecting 2013 model vehicles. Ford issued 17 recalls in 2012. Toyota and Honda have had far fewer. You are wrong Toyota, Honda etc do not use the same suppliers. They use far fewer suppliers and more of their vehicles share the same components. When a recall is issued, there are more vehicles affected. If GM issues 500 recalls but it only affects 500 vehicles, there is still 500 issues to correct. If Honda issues 2 recalls and it affects one million cars, they have fewer recalls. American car companies issue way more recalls than their competition but due to the abundance of suppliers, it affects fewer cars. The cruise control issue was brought up because Walt is an idiot and thinks only Japanese cars are affected by long term issues. Clearly this is far from the case. Alaverez, Frist, he never said anything about quality control. He was explaining the reason why Japanese have more vehicles affected by their recalls. Japanese see easier to control suppliers by having less of them. Honda is so good, they can pin point the exact dates and times a component is used on their car. They use half of the suppliers of their domestics competition. Components break, and if you actually download the NHTSA information he provided you will see the list of engineering analysis is dominated by domestic cars. HK, Great post. Don’t waste your breath. We can sit hear and post facts the truth is nothing we say or do is going to change anyone’s opinion. We have domestic fans, Japanese fans, Korean fans, German fan, Italian fans etc. The sad part is we all love cars but a few on here can’t allow people to like what they want. Most of us regardless of brand preference would probably enjoy a cold one talking about cars. The brand shouldn’t matter. I like Toyota it works for me. I love my 4Runner it has been flawless. Happy holidays to all. http://www.mycarstats.com/reports/ford/recalls_years.aspx
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, well HK Pro - do you have any idea how ludicrous your comments are? Because Japanese cars have fewer suppliers (who are typically Kaisan suppliers - you know, mostly owned by Toyota/Honda/Nissan), you get to claim that they are clearly allowed to make this type of crap since, after all, they don't have to make sure that their limited suppliers are making sure they have durability and quality? That is just too funny for words!
        DeathKnoT
        • 2 Years Ago
        Your post makes no sense. This is nearly a million cars. The ford recalls include a fraction of this. Your comparison is very poor. But either way it doesn't matter. Stuff gets a recall and they fix it. No big deal. Most automotive companies use the same exact supplier these days as the other guy. Your Honda isn't a precious gold brick. Plus why are you going on about the cruse control thing. That is nearly a 15 year old issue at this point.
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DeathKnoT
          "Plus why are you going on about the cruse control thing. That is nearly a 15 year old issue at this point." Because Walt dared to imply that cars from Asian makes are unique in that they develop serious recall-worthy issues long term.
      Larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      More Japanese crap going back. And you barely here about this in the news. Wholly crap, nearly 1 million.
      ...
      • 2 Years Ago
      What kind of genius removes the key while the car is running?
        Houmpheng Phonsavath
        • 2 Years Ago
        @...
        Only in America.
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @...
        It's not a bug, it's a feature. You can warm your car up in the cold and still have the key with you!
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @...
        What kind of genius doesn't have comprehension of what the post says?? Hint - the car doesn't have to be running to be able to roll down a hill if it doesn't have the parking pawl engaged!
          Rich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          WIN: you know what a pawl is!
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be no big deal if these vehicles ran over their owners. But some innocent person could be killed, and obviously that wouldn`t be good.
      P54
      • 2 Years Ago
      Praiseworthy of Honda to repair for free an item wore out after up to 10 years of use.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P54
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        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P54
        Only because it is an immediate safety concern that could get them taken to court otherwise. There are still numerous first-generation H5 (5-speed automatic) transmissions taking a dump well before the rest of the mechanicals due to defects acknowledged by Honda, yet they're still telling a majority of those garaged, trailered, or stranded by them 'too bad.'
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      When is it my responsibility as a driver to make sure my vehicle is safe and secure?
      John Montgomery
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder why autoblog didn't post about the Mercedes recall concerning fuel leaks that could lead to fires. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2012/12/11/mercedes-benz-recalls-cars-crossovers-for-fuel-system-flaw/ I guess they enjoy the controversy and arguing about domestic vs Japanese. They sure plastered Ford for their fires.
        mikoprivat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Montgomery
        if you wouldn't be such an idiot you would have noticed that they did...I guess the asians not only brainwashed you to buy their $**** but they also blinded you
          John Montgomery
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mikoprivat
          The posted it at 1841 hours, I posted at 1740 hours. So they posted the recall one hour after I posted. You really are a dumb f**k.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Montgomery
        They just did, champ. Autoblog is a reliable source for car news and interesting anecdotes.
          Becky Sue
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          I'm pretty sure you got down rated because you're an a$$ and his post was an hour before autoblog posted the Mercedes recall. Stop blaming others for your mistake. BTW we all know all it's the domestic car fans with all the screen names. Walt, yomamma6501, 6502, 6503, Laser, Max, BillfromBuckhead etc.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
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          @lordedardstark1
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          lordedardstark1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          I'm pretty sure you made like 5 accounts just so you could downrate me 5 times.
          Spies1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          I once attempted a conversation on Autoblog with Yomama. One minute he replied to me as yomama6500, then seconds later yomama6501, then...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
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      kagroyalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another Japenese company recall followed by a spike in sales I'm sure. Let's face it, recalls do happen and are a nuisance, but to think this kind of thing only happens to American companies is absurd and just continues to prove the point of how brainwashed the consumer is regarding Toyota and Honda
        DeathKnoT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kagroyalo
        I agree. I wish people would cross shop and test drive everything. Let the better car win.
      mikoprivat
      • 2 Years Ago
      "unintended roll away" is honda's version of toyota's "unintended acceleration", both bought by "unintended idiots"
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...attempting to remove the key while the car is still on? What? People do this?
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