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Honda Recalls Vehicles for Same Problem (now 1.4 million vehicles affected)
Honda is recalling an additional 384,000 2003-4 models after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into whether two earlier recalls for the same problem covered all the defective vehicles.
The new recall covers some 2003 Accords and Civics as well as some 2003-4 Elements. The problem is that a defect in the shift interlock system could allow the vehicle to be turned off and the key removed without the vehicle’s automatic transmission being in Park. That could allow the vehicle to roll away.
Two previous recalls, in 2003 and 2005, were for the same problem. The 2003 recall covered 570,000 vehicles and included the 1998–99 Honda Accord, the 1999 Odyssey and Acura TL as well as the 1997-99 Acura CL. The 2005 recall covered almost 487,000 vehicles and included the 1999-2002 Accord, the 1997–2001 Prelude and 1999–2000 Acura TL.
The total number of vehicles in the recall for the defect is 1.4 million. A Honda spokesman was not immediately available for comment.