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Honda to recall 384,000 vehicles on ignition interlock failure

Honda Motor Co. said on Monday it will recall 384,000 vehicles over concerns that the ignition interlock could fail, which allows vehicles to roll away, Detroit News reported.

The recall of 2003 Honda Accord and Civic models, 2003-2004 Element vehicles follows a nearly two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is the latest major recall by Honda to deal with the issue of faulty ignition interlocks. Since 2003, Honda has recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles over the same issue, though it blames different parts for the problems.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin said on Monday that one minor injury has been reported in connection with the vehicles that are being recalled.

Honda will remove the original interlock pin and lever and replace them with redesigned components. Honda said the reshaped component will prevent the vehicle from being turned off without being in park. Honda will begin notifying owners in late September.

In 2003, Honda recalled 563,000 vehicles over ignition interlock defects, including 1999 Honda Odyssey, 1997-1999 Acura CL, 1999 Acura TL and 1999-2001 Honda Accord vehicles and some 2002 Accord vehicles. Most of those were inspected and needed no repairs, Honda said.

In 2005, Honda recalled another 483,000 vehicles over the same issue -- including the remaining 2002 Accord models not covered by the first recall, along with other models. Honda said in 2005 it was redesigning its interlock system. The fault allowed some drivers to be able to remove the ignition key without shifting the vehicle into park. More than 200,000 of those have been fixed.

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