Massive Honda Recall: SUVs & Minivans Are Rolling Away -- Yikes!

This Just In 7

honda pilotYikes. 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?

 

Image via Honda

7 Comments

To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

It's because none of you guys put the emergency brake on after you put the car in park...

Brandy Wile

You don't have to use an emergency brake every time you put your car it park. Its mostly for parking on hills or in case of emergency.

Angie... AngieHayes

Ahhhh!! I have an Acura MDX!!

sweet... sweetmissy_05

I have a 2003 Chevy Venture so I"m okay.

Mommy... MommyBoha

I have an 03 Pilot.. off to check the VIN

Forev... ForeverInLove

Emergency brake is a parking break, meant for either A, an emergency, or B, when you are going to be parking downhill. You are supposed to engage the parking break before letting your foot off the brake, otherwise you may not be able to take the vehicle out of park when it comes time. i do believe it's downhill. Maybe it's when you park uphill.I


I drive a Montana... 

myraonny myraonny

Most people don't use their emergency brake. It is designed to be used as a back up to the transmission. If it was only ment for an emergency or parking downhill, then it wouldn't be a point lost when taking your driving exam.

1-7 of 7 comments