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Honda recalls more than 870,000 minivans and SUVs

DETROIT — Honda is recalling more than 870,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide because they can roll away even though drivers have removed the keys from the ignition.

The recall announced Wednesday affects older-model vehicles sold mainly in the United States. They were big sellers with families because of their ample space and reputation for quality. Problems with the ignition switches have plagued Honda for years. It has recalled nearly 2.3 million vehicles for the problem since 2003.

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The models affected include 347,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 277,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years, a well as 247,000 Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 through 2006 period. All have automatic transmissions.

Dealers will repair the ignition interlock system free of charge.

Owners will get notices starting in February.

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