My 2000 Honda Odyssey has some electrical issues. Always has had them. Nothing that would reduce its functionality and it only happens sometimes. Here are two examples of ignition incidents:
Once I was sitting in the car with the key in the ignition in off position. Somebody opened the passenger door to get in, the car started on its own. I wasn’t able to turn it off by turning the key since it was still in off position. Even turning it to on and then off, wouldn’t shut down the engine. What finally worked? Pushing down on the brake pedal.
Another incident this morning: I accidentally left the heat running with the motor off, so the battery died. I tried to start the car a few times, but nothing. Then I pulled the key out of the ignition and was getting ready to get out of the car, when suddenly the car tried to start on its own without even a key in the ignition. It tried a couple of times. I was able to stop it by locking and unlocking my door.
My question: These incidents are rare and not related to moving traffic. Is it possible that those electrical issues could have an impact on safe driving at some point? E.g. Car shutting off while driving, or starting without parking break in.
Do I need to have it fixed? Since this car is old and we will replace it as soon as costly repairs are needed, I really don’t want to put any money into it.