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American Honda Recalls Vehicles to Replace Ignition Switches
Certain 1997 to 2000 Honda and Acura Vehicles Affected

TORRANCE, Calif., May 23, 2002 -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of certain Honda and Acura models to replace an ignition switch which may cause the engine to stall. The recall involves about 1.3 million of certain 1997 to 2000 models of the Honda Accord, Civic, Prelude, CR-V and Odyssey. Also included in the recall are some 1999 Acura TL sedans and certain 1997 to 1999 CL coupes.

The situation is created by electrical contacts within the ignition switch that wear prematurely causing the switch to malfunction. An affected vehicle will likely experience difficulty in starting for a period of time prior to experiencing any engine stall. Normally, the vehicle can be restarted immediately.

Most customers will not experience problems with their ignition switch prior to repair -- less than 3/10ths of one percent of affected vehicles have experienced switch problems.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by American Honda and asked to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer to be repaired free of charge. The repair involves the replacement of the electrical contact portion of the ignition switch while retaining the original lock and key assemblies.

Owners will be notified by mail when parts are available for their model. Because of the large number of vehicles involved, it may take several months to make the replacement parts available for all vehicles. Mailings will begin in June and should be completed by September.

Details regarding mailing dates and affected vehicles will be available on the Honda and Acura Web sites today. Owners will be able to access this information by logging in to the Owner Link section of www.honda.com or www.acura.com and entering the 17-digit vehicle identification number found on their dash. Customers may also contact their Honda or Acura dealer with questions.

There have been no accidents or injuries reported to American Honda related to this issue.

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.This was one of the dumber recalls that came along since it involves putting in what appears to be exactly the same part. Didn't look redesigned in the slightest bit. But now you'll have techs cracking open your steering column cover, and sometimes the plastic tabs that hold the two halves together break.

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This was one of the dumber recalls that came along since it involves putting in what appears to be exactly the same part.
They may have used better alloy with the same design to solve the problem.
 

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Hey TheRobSJ ... If I read your post correctly, you haven't found a new "work home" yet. Hope that you find a new position soon ... Steven
 

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I'm looking...but not begging. Dealership jobs aren't exactly abundant right now. Believe it or not, I probably could have gotten a job at the American Honda Techline, but I had no desire to move to Torrance. So for now I'm just enjoying the vacation until something nice opens up.

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