Honda recalls 1.5m vehicles in United States

Honda is to recall 1.5 million cars and small SUVs in the United States to fix automatic transmission software.

Another 760,000 Honda models were recalled in China according to Japanese news agency Kyodo, while some 2.49m vehicles have been recalled worldwide.

That global total includes 135,142 vehicles in Canada, according to Honda Canada.

If the software is not updated the automatic transmission in the vehicles could be damaged if the driver quickly shifted between gears.

This could cause the engine to stall or make it difficult to put the car into park.

The recall affects four-cylinder Accord cars for the model years 2005 to 2010, the CR-V crossover for the model years 2007 to 2010 and the small SUV Element for the model years 2005 to 2008.

Honda said that if the transmission were quickly shifted between the reverse, neutral and drive positions, the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing could be damaged.

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