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Software glitch forces Honda to recall 2 million cars

by Steven Mostyn - Aug 8 2011, 17:40

An Element of concern for Honda. Image: Honda.

Hondas reputation in the automotive industry is taking something of a hit this week after the Japanese giant confirmed the existence of a software problem affecting more than two million of its cars.

The company has issued a product recall in order to update the software, which is connected to the transmission control module of the following vehicles in the United States: Honda Accord 4-cylinder (2005-2010), Honda CR-V (2007-2010) and Honda Element (2005-2008).

In describing the potential software failure, Honda explained how the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing in the affected vehicles 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, it warned.

Around 1.5 million of the recalled vehicles are currently being driven on U.S. roads, while more than 760,000 are located in China and a further 135,000 are in Canada.

Honda will begin officially notifying owners of the problem from August 31, and will post a list of all recalled vehicle models via the following website link: Honda recalls.

Honda has been keen to note that there have been no reports of any deaths or injuries related to the software glitch.

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