U.S. regulators said automaker Honda would recall 172,837 model year 2013 Acura ILX and 2012 CR-V vehicles due to problems with door latches.
Doors can fail to latch properly if the door lock -- with either manual or automatic door locking features -- is operated while an interior front door handle is being operated.
By operating the two simultaneously, a cable connecting the door handle to the door latch mechanism could move out of position, preventing the door from latching properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.
Doors could open while driving or in a crash, "increasing the risk of personal injury," the NHTSA said.
Honda said it would replace front door latch assemblies free of charge in recalled models. The company also said certain Honda CR-Vs will have front door handles replaced for free.
Consumers can call Honda at 800-999-1009 for information.
The company said repairs on the vehicles would start on Aug. 16.