Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-Vs & Elements Over Transmission Concerns

Honda has announced a recall of certain model year 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accords, 2007-2010 CR-Vs and 2005-2008 Elements to update the software that controls those vehicles’ automatic transmissions.

From the recall notice:

Without the updated software, 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. The update to the vehicle’s automatic transmission control module software will ease the transition between gears to reduce the possibility of damage. No injuries or deaths have been reported related to this condition.

Honda will begin contacting affected customers on August 31. The car maker says that, as soon as they receive the letter from Honda, they should take their vehicle in to be serviced.

Also starting on Aug. 31, Honda owners can go to http://www.recalls.honda.com — or call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4 — enter their VIN info and find out if their particular vehicle is part of the recall.