WASHINGTON – American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 143,676 2014-’15 Honda Civic and 2015 Honda Fit cars in the U.S. because the software settings that control the continuously variable transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash,” said NHTSA in its recall summary.
No crashes or injuries have been linked to the recall, Honda said in a statement. The problem was discovered through warranty claims.
The affected Civics were built from January 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014. The affected Fits were built from March 12, 2014 to May 12, 2015.
Honda dealers will update the software for the transmission. The recall is expected to begin on October 16. Owners can contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
Edmunds says: Honda is encouraging owners of these cars to take their vehicle to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as they receive their official recall notice. If you have an immediate concern, contact your dealer now.