Yikes. There's a serious automobile recall happening right now. Honda is in the process of recalling 807,000 SUV and minivans. Among them are the 2003-4 Honda Pilot and Odyssey, and the 2003-6 Acura MDX. The reason for the massive recall? Oh, you know, just that there's a defect in the vehicles that could allow them to roll away!
That's just fantastic, isn't it?
Here's how the whole thing started: After receiving 42 complaints from vehicle owners about the key being removed without the car being in Park, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating the issue. (Under federal regulations, it's supposed to be impossible for the key to be removed in any position other than Park.) They found that out of the 42 complaints, 26 of the vehicles rolled away -- and in 16 instances, the vehicle didn't stop until it hit something. There was even a report of an owner breaking their leg when they were hit with the car. Turns out, there's a worn part in the cars that can allow the ignition key to be taken out without the transmission being in Park, and well, obviously, that can cause the car to roll. So Honda's declared a recall.
Now, if you have one of these cars, what do you do?
According to the company, if you have the car, you'll notified by letter in February (February?!). You will also be able to check www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com at that time, or call (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners (select option 4).
Jeez, I mean, how many moms cart their kids around in minivans or SUVs every day? How scary to think a car can roll away! No bueno, friends. If you have one of these cars -- or know someone who does -- please contact the company ASAP. We don't need any more incidents of runaway cars!
Do you have one of these cars?
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