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Isuzu recall 03V213000

Ignition Key Could Be Removed When Shifted Out of Park

Affected Cars:

Make Model Year(s)
Isuzu Ascender 2003

Drive Train, June 13, 2003

RepairPal Expert Overview

Eleven vehicles were equipped with an override that allowed the key to be removed when the shift lever was not in the "Park" position. The overrides are not permitted by the Federal Safety Standard.


Please contact your Isuzu dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


Some vehicles were equipped with an override that allowed the key to be removed when the shift lever was not in the "Park" position. In addition, the override allowed the transmission to be shifted out of "Park" with the key in the off position. The overrides are not permitted by the Federal Safety Standard. Dealers will disable the overrides. The recall began on June 13, 2003.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V213000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 11

Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 114, ¿THEFT PROTECTION.¿ THESE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH A MECHANICAL OVERRIDE THAT COULD ALLOW THE IGNITION KEY TO BE REMOVED WITH THE SHIFT LEVER IN A POSITION OTHER THAN PARK. IN ADDITION, THESE VEHICLES HAVE AN OVERRIDE THAT CAN ALLOW THE TRANSMISSION TO BE SHIFTED OUT OF PARK WITH THE IGNITION IN THE OFF POSITION.

Consequence: THESE OVERRIDES ARE NOT PERMITTED UNLESS THE VEHICLE HAS A LOCKING STEERING COLUMN.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL ELIMINATE THESE CONDITIONS BY DISABLING THE OVERRIDES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 13, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration