Honda recall: 1.5 million vehicles for software fix

Honda recall involves transmission software in recent Accords, CR-Vs, and Elements. Honda recall notifications to begin Aug. 31.

The logo of a Honda car is seen outside Honda Motor Co Ltd's headquarters and showroom in Tokyo in this Nov. 21, 2008 file photograph. The company will recall 1.5 million cars and small SUVs in United States to repair the software that controls the automatic transmission, the automaker said on August 5, 2011. The Honda recall also affects another 760,000 Honda models in China.

Honda is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage.

The Honda recall affects certain 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles.

The company said Friday that without the change, the transmission's secondary shaft bearing can be damaged when the car is shifted too quickly. Honda said that can happen when a driver tries to get the vehicle dislodged from mud or snow.

Honda says it will begin sending recall notifications to customers on Aug. 31. The company says that no injuries or deaths have been reported because of the problem.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has closed investigations into Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey, and GM's Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

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