Honda said the recall affects 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles from the 2003 model year and roughly 69,000 Element vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years in the U.S. as the ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use.
"If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in park," Honda said in a statement late Monday. "If the transmission is not in park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away, and a crash could occur."
Honda said it is aware of a small number of related incidents, including one that resulted in a minor injury.
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