Honda recalls 1.5 million vehicles over auto transmission issue

2008 Honda Accord

Honda announced today that it is recalling around 1.5 million vehicles in the United States to address an issue with automatic transmission equipped Accords, CR-Vs and Elemenets. During the recall, Honda will update the software that controls the automatic transmission.

Vehicles involved in the recall include 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles.

“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,” Honda said in a statement. “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 start notifying customers on Aug. 31, 2011. If you need more info you can go to or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.