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Honda to recall more than 2 million vehicles in U.S. and China

August 5, 2011 |  8:44 am

HONDA Honda Motor Co. will 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 4-cylinder Accords from model years 2005 through 2010. The Accord was by far Honda’s best-selling vehicle last month, followed by the Civic.

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

The problem could cause the engine to stall or make the parking gear difficult to engage. Honda said it knows of no injuries or deaths related to the issue.

The automaker said it will begin notifying owners starting Aug. 31. Last month, nearly all of Honda’s U.S.-sold models saw a year-to-year sales slump.

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

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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: Honda's logo. Credit: Reuters

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