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Honda to recall more than 2 million vehicles

The automaker wants to update the automatic transmission software in certain cars in the U.S. and China, which could stall during shifting.

August 05, 2011|By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it would recall more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. and China to update the automatic transmission software in several popular models.

The 1.5 million American cars affected include four-cylinder Accords from model years 2005 through 2010. The Accord was by far Honda's bestselling vehicle last month, followed by the Civic.

CR-Vs from 2007 through 2010 and Elements from 2005 through 2008 are also affected by the voluntary recall.

Shifting between the reverse, neutral and drive positions — a common sequence when trying to dislodge a vehicle trapped in mud or snow –- can damage a bearing in the automatic transmission system, the automaker said. That could cause the engine to stall or make the parking gear difficult to engage.

Honda said it knew of no injuries or deaths related to the issue.

The automaker said it would begin notifying owners starting Aug. 31.

Honda will also recall 760,515 Accords, Odysseys and Spirior cars in China, according to a statement on its Chinese website.

Last month, nearly all of Honda's U.S.-sold models saw a year-to-year sales slump.

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