Honda has announced a recall over a possible rollaway risk that affects 204,169 crossover and minivan models. The specific vehicles in question are the 2012-13 Honda CR-V and Odyssey, as well as the 2013 Acura RDX.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the gear selector to be moved from the Park position without pressing the brake pedal." In other words, these vehicles could unintentionally roll away.

NHTSA states that this scenario may only happen during sub-freezing temperatures, but notes that this means the vehicles fail to conform with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114: Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention. Honda will notify owners of the problem, and dealerships will install an updated interlocking mechanism free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin on May 13. Scroll down for the full details from the NHTSA report.
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Report Receipt Date: APR 15, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V143000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204,169

VEHICLE MAKE / MODEL YEARS

ACURA RDX 2013
HONDA CR-V 2012-2013
HONDA ODYSSEY 2012-2013

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY

Honda is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 CR-V, Odyssey, and model year 2013 Acura RDX vehicles. During sub-freezing temperatures, the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the gear selector to be moved from the Park position without pressing the brake pedal. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."

CONSEQUENCE

If the gear selector is moved from the park position without pressing the brake pedal it can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY

Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda or Acura dealer. The dealer will install an updated brake shift interlock blocking mechanism free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 13, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's campaign recall numbers are S96, S97, and S98.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      "In other words, these vehicles could unintentionally roll away." That doesn't make sense. You have to put lever in Drive for the vehicle to roll away. That doesn't sound unintentional to me. Now if it was rolling away while in Park, that would be unintentional.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ship em all back to Japan while you are at it.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Are you really that stupid, ALL Odyssey, RDX, and most every CR-V is built in the USA. They don't even sell this Odysser or RDX in Japan.
          labbott123
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          Now, now Churchmotor. There's a difference between being stupid and uninformed.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      how does toyota and honda (not to mention nissan) survive all these multi million dollar recalls...these garbage manufacturing entities should have failed a long time ago for producing krpa...is the japanese government subsidizing these people ??? no wonder japan is the most indebted nation on earth.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Mazdafreak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just use the parking brake. It's not that hard to do. I know, it sounds too much like work, though.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdafreak
        No, it sounds like too much brainpower required to complete that technically-complicated maneuver.
      M5_4_life
      • 1 Year Ago
      I read this on Yahoo! hours before it was posted here, how's that?
        JonnyB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M5_4_life
        We like accurate news, not news first. Look what it did for CNN recently.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JonnyB
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        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M5_4_life
        This is an enthusiast site, not consumer reports.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to offer some advice to all Honda owners, who may experience their vehicle rolling away. Hurry and jump in front of it, and try to stop it. If this measure fails, you must lie down in the path of the vehicle, which should stop when the wheels come to rest against your body. Hey, anything I can do to help.
        kontroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        you can extend the same advice to the toyota owners regarding their sudden unintended acceleration problem...
      DeathKnoT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love driving an old car. I can shift mine without applying the brake. I usually do it on purpose every once in awhile. People learn to drive thanks!
      carnut122
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they could just coordinate that roll-away thing with their brakes that apply themselves for no reason at all...
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      No need to panic, always park on a flat surface......and carry several bricks.
      hchevy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe they can use the honda fit as a wheel chock.
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