Honda Odyssey Under NHTSA Scrutiny, Might Roll Away

Honda Odyssey Under NHTSA Scrutiny, Might Roll Away

Broken bones, bum knees and smashed mailboxes — these number among the accusations owners are leveling at Honda for a supposed flaw with the 2003 and 2004 Odyssey.

Drivers who forget to shift their vehicle into “park” might still be able to remove their key – something meant to be prevented by the ignition cylinder park-shift interlock feature. NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations reports receiving 42 complaints so far.

In several cases, those reports cited personal injury including one person who said they tried to catch their van before being knocked down and having their leg run over and fractured.

In another case, someone reported a knee injury after trying to stop their Odyssey. Many other reports detailed the vehicles crashing into parked cars, mailboxes and even travelling multiple blocks before stopping in come cases.

A defect investigation is only one preliminary step on the way to a possible recall. Should it move forward, an engineering analysis would follow.