Gear Selector Defects Leading to Rollaways Result in Recall of 204,000 Hondas

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on May 1, 2013

Honda has issued a recall affecting its model year 2012-2013 CR-Vs and Odysseys as well as 2013 Acura RDX vehicles. Reports from CNN indicate that problems with the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may cause these vehicles to unexpectedly roll away after being put into park.  The automakers have stated that no accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the problem.

In total, there are more than 225,000 vehicles potentially affected by this defect throughout the United States and Canada. Approximately 128,000 Honda CR-V’s, 59,000 Odysseys, and 17,500 Acura RDX’s from the United States have been recalled. Additionally, 14,000 CR-V’s, 4,500 Odysseys, and 2,300 RDX’s from Canada are also subject to the recall.

Honda has stated that sub-freezing temperatures may cause the cars to shift out of park, even when no pressure has been placed on the brake pedal. If this occurs, the vehicle may rollaway, leading to an accident, possibly hours after having been parked.

Honda will get in touch with vehicle owners to inform them of the recall and repair the defect without charge. Further information about the vehicles can be found at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com.

The New Jersey auto product liability lawyers at Blume Forte take pride in protecting the well-being of clients affected by defective vehicles. To learn more about your potential legal options through a no-cost consultation, call us at (973) 635-5400.

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