Honda is recalling 384,000 cars due to faulty ignition locks that could cause cars to roll away, potentially causing a crash, the automaker says.
Damaged ignition interlock systems can fail in some 2003 Honda (Stock Quote: HMC) Accords and Civics and 2003 and 2004 Honda Elements, the company said in a statement.
The systems are meant to prevent drivers from removing their car keys when the shift lever isn’t in “park” and the parking brake isn’t set. However, interlock levers can “unexpectedly deform,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to The Detroit News the automaker had known about the problem since September 2008. Honda had received 15 complaints of the problem, 10 of which led to crashes.
Customers are encouraged to take their vehicles to a Honda dealership for a free repair. Dealers will remove original interlock parts in the ignition switch, then replace them with newly designed components, the NHTSA says.
Owners can call Honda with any questions at (800) 999-1009.
This isn’t the first recall by Honda due to ignition faults. It may seem that Honda hasn’t been hit as hard by recalls as Toyota (Stock Quote: TM), which pulled 8.5 million cars off the road because of pedal problems in the past year. However, Honda has actually recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles for the same concerns, though they were supposedly caused by different faulty parts, according to The Detroit News.