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Honda recalls 871,000 vehicles on roll away defect

Published on Dec 13, 2012 6:14 AM
Logo of the Honda Motor Co is seen on a steering wheel of a car at the company showroom in Tokyo in this April 27, 2012, file photo. Honda Motor Co will recall 871,000 vehicles that could roll away after the ignition key has been removed, including 807,000 in the United States, the company said on Dec 12, 2012. The automaker said a part in the ignition interlock could become damaged or worn, enabling the key to be removed even if the vehicle's transmission lever has not been shifted into park. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

CHICAGO (AFP) - Honda will recall more than 871,000 vehicles worldwide to fix a defect that could allow them to roll away when a driver thinks it's been parked, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

The bulk of the US and Canadian-made vehicles - 807,000 - will be recalled in the United States while 52,000 will be called back in Canada.

Honda said it was aware of two incidents in which people received "minor injuries" as a result of the defect.

After an investigation of several complaints, it determined that the ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn to the point where it's possible to remove the key when the transmission hasn't been shifted to park.

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