August 11, 2010 - A major Honda recall has been issued in the U.S. and includes 384,000 of the company's vehicles.
This recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered that because of a defect in the shift interlock system, the cars may be shut off without the transmission being put in park. If this happens, the vehicle may roll away after it has been turned off.
The Honda recall includes 2003 Accord models, 2003 Civic models, and 2003-2004 Elements. This new recall is in addition to an earlier Honda recall in which vehicles suffered from the same problem. Including the new Honda recall, 1.4 million cars have been recalled because of the defect in the shift interlock system.
As of August, there have been 17 reported crashes as a result of this problem, but, thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported.
The Japanese automaker recently released a statement that the new Honda recall will start in September, and will involve 197,000 Accords, 117,000 Civics and 69,000 Elements. Honda said that there have been various complaints regarding this issue, and that one of the incidents resulted in a "minor injury."
According to the company, the Honda recall will be implemented at no cost to the vehicle's owners.
If you have been severely injured in a New Jersey accident caused by a vehicle involved in the Honda recall, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a New Jersey defective product lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396