Honda Motor says it will recall 434,000 vehicles sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a defect that could cause cars to roll away if they are parked incorrectly.
The Japanese automaker said on Monday that the recall covers 2003 model year Accords and Civics, and Elements from the 2003 and 2004 model years manufactured in the United States and sold in the 3 countries.
The company said a part known as the ignition interlock lever could fail, making it possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in park.
Unless the parking brake is set, the vehicle could roll away under those circumstances, leading to a crash.
Honda said it has received reports of 3 accidents involving property damage.
Honda said the recall won't take place in Japan, as
US-made Accord and Civic models have not been sold in Japan and there are no reports of the defect in the Element model imported to Japan.