Honda recently issued a recall of approximately 1.5 million of its vehicles, reports SaferCar.gov. It was found that the outer race of the secondary shaft bearing in the affected vehicles could break when driven a certain way. A broken outer race may result in an abnormal noise, as well as turn on the malfunction indicator light, and may cause the transmission idle gear and the electronic sensor housing within the transmission to touch.
Consequently, this defect may cause a short circuit, resulting in engine stalling. There is also the potential for broken pieces of the outer race or ball bearing from the secondary shaft to become stuck in the parking pawl, which could cause the vehicle to roll after the gear selector has been placed in “park” by the driver. Engine stalling and sudden vehicle movement adds to the chances of an accident occurring and injury to anyone that is in front of a rolling vehicle.
The vehicles included in the recall are:
- Honda Accord vehicles from 2005-2010 model years
- Honda CR-V vehicles from 2007-2010 model years
- Honda Element vehicles from 2005-2010 model years
The vehicles were manufactured between July of 2004 and September of 2010.
To repair the defect, owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by Honda to take their vehicle to a dealer, where the software for the automatic transmission control module will be updated at no cost. The recall is projected to begin before the end of August.
Consumers with questions can contact Honda’s customer service by calling 1-800-999-1009 and reference recall number R89. The Vehicle Safety Hotline of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can also be reached for more information at 1-888-327-4236.
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