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Honda recalls over 800,000 vehicles for ignition switch problem


National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Honda is recalling certain model year 2003 and 2004 Pilot and Odyssey and 2003 through 2006 Acura MDX passenger vehicles manufactured from November 26th, 2001, through August 30th, 2006.

The interlock lever of the ignition switch may deform, which can allow the interlock function of a vehicle with an automatic transmission to be defeated.

2006 Acura - MDX is one of the models being recalled.

2006 Acura – MDX is one of the models being recalled.

Vehicle Information

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
Acura / MDX 2003-2006
Honda / Odyssey 2003-2004
Honda / Pilot 2003-2004


Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Report Receipt Date: December 11th, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 12V573000  PE12026
NHTSA Action Number: PE12026

Component: Electrical System:Ignition:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected: 807,161


Removal of the ignition key when the gear selector of a vehicle with an automatic transmission has not been shifted to the park position can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.


Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda or Acura dealer. The dealer will install an updated shift interlock lever and, if necessary, replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, February 7th, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1.800.999.1009.


Honda’s recall campaign numbers are S73 and S74. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to




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