Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, Elements, CR-Vs

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Honda voluntarily recalled 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update their transmission software, the car manufacturer said Friday.

The recall pertains to certain 2005-2010 four-cylinder Accords, 2007-2010 CR-Vs and 2005-2008 Element models.

Honda said that without the updates, the automatic transmission on each type of vehicle could be damaged, leading the engine to stall or making it difficult to engage the parking gear. The update will ease the transition between gears to reduce the possibility of damage.

There have been no injuries or deaths reported as a result of the problem, and Honda explained that transmission damage is only likely in the event 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.

However, the manufacturer asked car owners to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Notifications will be sent out around Aug. 31. Additionally, owners of affected models can find out if their vehicles need repair by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009 and selecting option 4.

“When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers,” Honda said in a written statement.

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