Honda has announced a recall that impacts 25,000 off-road vehicles which have the potential to move when in the park position, posing a roll away and injury hazard for occupants exiting the vehicle, as well as bystanders.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Honda recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) recall on June 18, following at least three consumer reports of the vehicles moving while the shifter was placed in the park position. To date, no injuries or accidents have reported in relation to the recall, but serious and sometimes fatal injuries have been linked to similar problems with other vehicles.
The recall involves certain model year 2019 and 2020 Pioneer 1000 and Talon 1000 side-by-side off road vehicles sold in various colors including red, blue, green, gray and yellow and have the manufacturer name “Honda” printed on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle.
The vehicles were manufactured in the United States by American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, California. They were distributed for sale throughout the United States to authorized Honda power sports dealers from November 2018 through March 2020 for between $15,000 and $24,000.
To date, Honda has received three consumer complaints indicating the ROV’s moved while the brake was engaged and in the park position.
Rollaway incidents can be extremely dangerous and even fatal for occupants and those nearby, especially when the vehicle is parked on an incline.
Customers are being instructed to stop using the ROV’s immediately and to keep the vehicles parked on level surfaces where they cannot roll away.
Honda announced it will begin notifying customers of the issue and will provide instructions on how to schedule a repair appointment at their local authorized dealer, where dealers will be instructed to inspect and repair the brake, free of charge.
For additional questions or concerns regarding the recall, customers may contact American Honda toll-free at 866-784-1870 and reference the recall number 20-751.