Honda Will Recall 2.5 Million Cars Worldwide

August 16th, 2011
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Honda Motor Co., Ltd announced that they will be recalling nearly 2.5 million cars worldwide, with over 1.5 million in the U.S. alone and more than 760,000 in China in order to address an issue that could cause the engine to stall.

In the U.S., the recall includes the

  • 2005-’10 Accord
  • 2007-’10 CR-V
  • 2005-’08 Element equipped with four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

In China, the recall includes the

  • Accord
  • Odyssey
  • Spirior
  • Chinese-built version of the Acura TSX and European Accord.

In a statement, Honda provided an explanation of the problem, saying the transmission shaft bearing “can be damaged if the transmission is quickly shifted between each of the reverse, neutral and drive positions, as may be done in an attempt to dislodge a vehicle stuck in mud or snow. If the bearing is damaged in this unusual scenario, it can cause the engine to stall or lead to difficulty engaging the parking gear.”

The free fix is an update to the transmission software, which Honda said, “will ease the transition between gears to reduce the possibility of damage.”

Honda said it would begin notifying U.S. owners on or after August 31. Owners can call Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009 for more details.

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