BEIJING – GAC-Honda and Dongfeng-Honda, two joint ventures of Honda Motor in China, will recall 760,515 vehicles to fix an ECU software problem that could lead to malfunction of the automatic transmission, according to a web announcement on August 8 by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), China’s quality watchdog.
The recall involves 605,025 units of 2.0L and 2.4L Accord sedans equipped with AMTs produced between July 20, 2004 and October 8, 2009 and 151,489 Odyssey minivans produced between July 7, 2004 and September 2, 2009.
Also on the recall list are 4,001 Spirior sedans (2010 version) with AMTs manufactured between August 6, 2009 and November 24, 2009.
Honda said the automatic transmission in these vehicles could malfunction or be damaged if the transmission is quickly shifted between the reverse, neutral and drive positions when the car is stuck in mud or snow. It might cause the engine to stall or make it difficult to put the car into park, said the company.
Honda will update the ECU unit free of charge for its customers to prevent the damage, said the web announcement.