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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2003 Honda Accord

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2003 Honda Accord, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. Ignition Shift Interlock NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA09001

    Component(s): Electrical System:Ignition:Anti-Theft Controller
    Electrical System:Ignition:Switch

    Summary: On August 4, 2010, American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) submitted a Defect Information Report (DIR) to NHTSA regarding a ignition interlock defect in approximately 384,220 model year (MY) 2003 Honda Accord and Civic and MY 2003 and 2004 Honda Element vehicles with automatic transmissions (Recall 10V-364).In a September 22, 2010 supplemental DIR, Honda expanded the scope of the recall population based on manufacturing and complaint data.The total population for the complete recall is approximately 551,498 vehicles.The information listed in this closing report refers only to the subject vehicles, MY 2003 Accords with automatic transmissions.According to Honda's DIR, "Under certain conditions the interlock lever of the ignition switch may unexpectedly deform, which can allow the interlock function of a vehicle with an automatic transmission to be defeated if the driver does not follow the typical shut-down procedure of shifting the gear selector to the Park position before rotating the ignition key to the off position. 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's dealers will be instructed to inspect the ignition interlock switch and, if necessary, replace the original interlock pin and lever within the ignition switch and replace them with new, redesigned parts.This investigation is closed.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA09001 »

  2. IGNITION PARK-SHIFT INTERLOCK NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ08006

    Component(s): Electrical System:Ignition:Anti-Theft Controller
    Electrical System:Ignition:Switch

    Summary: ODI has received 16 complaints alleging failures of the ignition park-shift interlock that allowed the ignition key to be removed from the ignition switch without the transmission being shifted to park in model year (MY) 2002 and 2003 Honda Accord vehicles with automatic transmissions.eleven of the complaints allege that the failure of the interlock resulted in a rollaway crash.one owner alleged that she was almost into her house when she noticed the car rolling out of the garage and down the driveway and that when she tried to stop the car it almost ran over her, before crashing into a cable box at the end of the driveway.another owner alleged that the vehicle rolled out of the driveway and struck a tree across the street.there have been 28 complaints made to Honda regarding ignition park-shift interlock failures in the subject vehicles, 10 of which allege rollaway crashes. In October 2003, american Honda motor company initiated recall 03V-423 to correct an ignition park-shift interlock defect in certain MY 1999 Honda Odyssey, MY 1997-99 Acura cl, MY 1999 Acura TL, and MY 1998-99 Honda Accord vehicles.in January 2005, Honda initiated another recall to address defective ignition park-shift interlocks (recall 05V-025), this time covering MY 1997-2001 Honda Prelude, MY 1999-2000 Acura TL, and certain MY 1999-2002 Honda Accord vehicles.not all MY 2002 Honda Accord were covered under recall 05V-025.the remaining MY 2002 and all MY 2003 Accord vehicles are covered in the scope of this recall query. This investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis(EA09-001) to continue to assess the scope and frequency of the alleged defect.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ08006 »

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