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Honda recalls 2.3 million cars for automatic transmission problem

Honda is recalling almost 2.3 million of its vehicles worldwide for a problem involving the automatic transmission, with most of the affected cars in the US

The move affects a total of 2.26 million Honda cars worldwide, of which 1.5 million of them are in the US. The models involved are the Accord built from 2005 to 2010, the CR-V that were made from 2007 to 2010, and the Element from 2005 to 2008, all of which have four-cylinder engines and an automatic transmission.

Honda says that the problem lies in the automatic transmission software, which can cause damage to the gearbox’s secondary shaft if the driver quickly changes between Reverse, Neutral and Drive. “If the bearing is damaged in this unusual scenario, it can cause the engine to stall or lead to difficulty engaging the parking gear,” Honda said in a statement, adding that no injuries or deaths have occurred due to the malfunction.

The Japanese carmaker will notify affected owners for the recall exercise, and fix the problem by installing a software update into the system that slows the transition between gears thus reducing the possibility of damage.

Adapted from sgCarMart.

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