Honda Motor Company announced today that they will be recalling 871,000 vehicles. This includes 807,000 vehicles in the United States. The problem that Honda has discovered with some of their cars is that they are rolling away after the key has been removed from the ignition. This would be very dangerous because even at a low speed, a free rolling car can cause serious damage to property and injury to people. This recall effects Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot Crossovers models from 2003-2004 and Acura MDX Crossover models from 2003-2006.
It is important to note that Honda is issuing this recall after receiving 43 consumer complaints, including reports of injuries related to this defect. One consumer even reported being knocked down by their rolling vehicle and run over, suffering a fractured fibula while trying to stop it. This recall is yet another example of the dangers defective products pose to consumers.
Every year in the U.S. hundreds of products are recalled. This is often after they have already injured several people, sometimes seriously. In cases such as this Honda incident, recall notices will not be sent out until February. That leaves more time for car owners to potentially be injured by their vehicles if they are not aware of this recall news.
If you have been injured by a product that has been recalled, remember it is not your fault. Injury from a defective product is always the negligent party's liability even after a recall has been issued. Cars are very common products to be recalled because even a small defect such as this one can be very dangerous and even life threatening. If you or a loved one have been injured by a recalled Honda or vehicle of any make or model, call The Berry Law Group. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.