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More than 1.4 million Honda vehicles have been recalled already because of a shift interlock problem. The same problem has led to the 2010 Honda recall. 2003 Accords, 2003 Civics, and a few Honda Elements are included in this recall.

The shift interlock issue behind the Honda recall

The shift interlock system is the basis of this 2010 Honda recall. The shift interlock is the system that prevents the key from being removed if the shifter is not in park. If this system malfunctions, the car can roll away. To date 17 separate car accidents have been attributed to this malfunction. These problems tend to happen when the key is removed before the shifter is in park. When the vehicles are left like this, they can roll and cause an accident.

Honda recall because of NHTSA investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into the shift interlock problem. The agency upgraded its investigation from “query” to “engineering analysis” in 2009. Honda recalls are also being investigated for their “timeliness.” There are possible civil fines for Honda in the works if the company is found to have not responded to recall-worthy problems “promptly, truthfully and completely.” There is also an ongoing investigation related to the expanded 2009 recall over air bag deployment.

Vehicles included in the 2010 Honda recall

The complete notification of Honda vehicle owners will start in September 2010. There will be about 197,000 Honda Accords, 117,000 Civics and 69,000 Elements included in this recall. This same issue has caused two previous recalls that included the 1998-2002 Accord, 1999 Odyssey, 1999-2000 Acura TL, 1997-99 Acura CL and 1997-2001 Prelude. If you are a Honda owner who receives notification of a recall, you are supposed to take your car to a Honda dealer. Owners are asked to call 1-800-999-1009 or visit to get more information about the recall.

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