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Honda Recalls 2 million vehicles in US and China

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. and China to update the automatic transmission software in several popular models after it has seen 113 claims, including 45 for engine stalls.

The recall includes 1.5 million vehicles in the United States, 760,000 in China and 135,142 in Canada, the automaker said on Friday.

The 1.5 million American cars affected include by far Honda’s best-selling vehicle 4-cylinder Accords.

Why is Honda suddenly Recalling the cars?

For those, who are not aware, there is a software flaw in the vehicle that would stall the vehicle on certain occasions when the driver tries to quick shift the gears to escape from the snow or mud.

Chris Martin, Honda spokesman at the company’s US headquarters in California, said on Friday that the recall was not a sign of deeper difficulties.

Honda said they are  updating the software, so that the automatic transmission in these vehicles  is not damaged when the driver quickly shifts between gears.

The current recall was the result of “extremely unusual circumstances. The far majority of our consumers would never really encounter this. It’s software programing. It’s not a weakness in the transmission per se.”, Martin added.

No injuries or deaths have been reported from this problem, Martin said.

The process of recall will begin by notifying the owners starting Aug. 31.

Honda will also recall 760,515 Accords, Odysseys and Spirior cars in China, according to a statement on its Chinese website.

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