Honda Motor (HMC) is recalling some 384,000 vehicles for problems related to the ignition interlock, which could fail and possibly allow the vehicles to roll away even if drivers feel their cars are safely parked.

The recall involves 2003 Honda Accord and Civic models and 2003-04 Element vehicles. The recall was disclosed Monday in a notice posted on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website. It follows a nearly two-year investigation by the agency. NHTSA opened an investigation in September 2008 after getting 15 complaints about Accord models, alleging 10 crashes.

In a statement, Honda said the ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use. "If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in Park. If the transmission is not in Park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away, and a crash could occur."

The recall isn't the first of its type for Honda. Since 2003, Japan's second-largest automaker has now recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles for problems related to the ignition interlock, The Detroit News reported.

Though the source seems similar, a Honda spokesman told the newspaper different problems are to blame for the recalls. "They are different issues that are causing this same sort of symptom," said spokesman Chris Martin.

Last month, officials from Honda and NHTSA met to discuss the problem, but the carmaker didn't think the problem serious enough to warrant a recall, according to the News report. On July 29, Honda relented and agreed to recall the vehicles because the agency felt "it was a serious enough issue," Martin said.

Owners of affected vehicles will begin receiving notices in September with instructions for dealer repair, Honda said.

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If someone leaves the car in gear and does't set the parking brake the car will roll? How will a recall protect against stupidity?

August 16 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i used to drive toyotas after the major recalls and the fact that they lied to the US government i went out and looked at a honda and a chevrolet traverse i purchased the chevrolet traverse wow what a great product the dealer was very polite. general motors is not the company they were 5 years ago say what you want about gm. i am here to tell ya they make great cars and trucks i am so happy i bought a chevrolet

August 15 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Check the electronics in the accelerators also, their probably the same ones used in the runaway Toyotas. Americans shouldn`t be killed by Oriental companies trying to win World War II, 60 years later.

August 15 2010 at 12:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I drive a Ford and I love it. Not saying Japanese cars aren't good, I just like keeping profits in America. My family has always had Ford's, Chevy's, and Jeeps; never had any major problems with any of them.

August 14 2010 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is not that big of a deal and Honda is a fairly well managed car company overall. This is a minor blip and compared to other car companies one of the few in Honda's history. Unless the ignition locking mechanism had been redesigned they may have had a large run of bad parts or assemblies probably from a domestic parts supplier. Drivers should learn to use their emergency brakes when parking especially on inclines regardless what make of car they have. I do frequently on my automatic and manual vehicles.

Those of you (tomozzy123) babbling on about how foreign car company's manufacturing plants in the US have stolen UAW jobs and gotten tax subsidies, etc really show how little you know about economics and the global economy. For every one job created in a Japanese factory there are 10 UAW jobs lost? Where do you come up with crap tomozzy123? The UAW and other extortionist labor unions have knocked American industries out of the competitive global market. I would explian more to you but you wouldn't understand.

August 13 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

WE LOVE OUR 07 HONDA ACCORD LX...don't care too much for the monthly payments though...thank God we only have 2 1/2 more years on it. We wanted to get one that will last us a long time because it will be our only family car for awhile. It already has over 100 thousand miles on it and we heard it will run past 300 thousand if we take good care of it. We're counting on it.

August 11 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Any recall on 1999 Honda Accord LX ?

August 10 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Check the electronics in the accelerator pedal also. They probably use the same system as the killer Toyotas. When are people going to learn to buy American?

August 10 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Until American learn how to make you like your destroyed engine?

August 11 2010 at 12:08 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad that we don't have an option to buy a non-computerized car. I guess those old models cars that don't have computers are the most reliabel safe family cars. I'd be afraid for something to happen to the computer while driving with my family in a congested freeway or mountaineous road.

August 10 2010 at 12:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Kiegiel

This must happen with people in a hurry to get out of the car!

I thought we must always put a car in park before unlatching our seat belt, 5then take the key out of the ignition. This way the car will not run away. Next will be a recall for some required safety mechanism for people who drive manual transmissions and must engage the low gear and emergency brake before taking the key out of the ignition. Runaway cars, put it in neutral...still can't figure out the crashes because of stuck accelerators. Call the cops when you pull over safely.

August 09 2010 at 10:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply