Honda recently announced that it will be recalling about 2.5 million vehicles worldwide, and nearly two-thirds of the affected vehicles are on American pavement. The recall includes Accords from the 2005 to 2010 model years, 2007 to 2010 model year CR-Vs and Elements that were made between 2005 and 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The problem lies in the automatic transmission's control module. One of the secondary shaft bearings in the transmission system of these vehicles was not built strong enough to withstand normal driving wear and tear, according to the AFP. This can cause strange noises or turn on the malfunction indicator light.
The faulty part can also cause the transmission's idle gear to come into contact with an electronic sensor housing. This contact can short circuit the system and cause the engine to stall. The NHTSA also reports that broken bits could loose themselves and become lodged in the parking machinery, which could lead to vehicles rolling away after they've been parked.
Honda released a statement that attribute the issue to shifting the transmission too quickly between drive, reverse and neutral, Inside Line reports. The automaker claims that these actions, which may be taken when a car is stuck in mud or snow, can damage the transmission shaft bearing.
All affected vehicles will be eligible for a free software update that Honda claims will help the vehicles transition between gears and reduce the risk of damage to the transmission system.
Drivers will be notified if their cars are included in the recall at the end of August, and Honda will be making necessary repairs free of charge. It's still a good idea for drivers who are considering purchasing a used Honda with a bad credit car loan to ask the dealer for proof that the recall issue has been fixed, or if it is going to be taken care of before they buy the car.
It is wise to ask for documentation of previous maintenance and repair work before buying a used car. A driver can also have a mechanic take a look under the hood to see if the there are any other mechanical issues with the vehicle before they buy.