Honda just announced that it is expanding a recent recall to include an additional 800,000 vehicles because of problems with the ignition interlock that allows the key to be removed when the vehicle isn’t in park.
Honda has been dealing with issue since 2003, and it has already affected 2.2 million of the automaker’s vehicles. The issue is that the affected vehicles can have their key removed, even when the vehicle is not in park. That greatly increases the risk of the car rolling away, which, according to NHTSA, has happened at least 26 times, with 16 of those incidents resulting in a collision.
Now, the recall also affects 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Honda Pilots sold during the 2003 and 2004 model years. 230,000 Acura MDX crossovers sold between 2003 and 2006 have also been added to the list.
The recall is expected to begin in February, 2012. Honda will contact affected owners, and replace the problem parts free of charge. For more information, call (800) 999-1009 if you are a Honda owner or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners.