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Honda has announced a voluntary recall on 2.26 million vehicles around the world, 1.5 million of which reside in the United States. This recall concerns the automatic transmission software of the 2005-2010 Accord (four-cylinder), 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element, where the transmission's secondary shaft can be damaged if quick shifts are made between Reverse, Neutral and Drive (as a driver might do when trying to rock free a stuck vehicle from snow or mud).
The automaker states that, in this scenario, a secondary shaft can be damaged and a bearing can break, causing the engine to stall or lead to difficulty with putting the vehicle in Park. Honda's remedy includes an update to the transmission's control module software, easing the transition between gears to reduce the possibility of damage.
Honda has confirmed that no injuries or deaths have been reported because of the gearbox malady. Owners will be able to take their cars to dealers and have the recall work done free of charge, and Honda will begin its owner notification process starting on August 31. Follow the jump for the automaker's official release.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Pictured above is the 2012 Honda CR-V Concept, previewing the all-new model due to hit showrooms later this year. In typical Honda fashion, the company is vague in the details, but they did confirm a new engine with improved fuel efficiency, and reduced weight. The CR-V Concept is without a doubt more aggressive in appearance than the current model, which has been an enormous success for Honda. We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.
What’s also notable is what will not be returning for 2012. Honda announced at the end of 2010 that 2011 would be the last year for the Element, and it would not be replaced. With a roomy, highly versatile and rugged interior, the Element had a cult following of small business owners, outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers. Over the course of a nine-model year run, 325,000 cars were sold in the US. Honda is quick to point out more people simply prefer the CR-V, which offers much more in the way of refinement. My guess is that Honda looked at the sales numbers, and figured their best bet was to devote their resources to the CR-V than follow-up with a new Element.
In our farewell to the Element, one point we must point out this car pioneered the boxy utility car movement in the US. I have doubts we would see Scion xB’s, Nissan Cubes, and Kia Souls roaming our streets if the Element had not been well-received here. It’s just a shame that Honda blazed the trail for this market, and now they are letting the competition reap the benefits.
Marching on for 2012 is the somewhat controversial Crosstour. Changes are minimal-just the addition of auto on/off headlights, rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB interface as standard equipment this year, and the choice of a couple new colors. Again, typical Honda, who is not known for making any notable changes when a new car is only entering its second year. What is noteworthy is that the Accord moniker has been dropped. An interesting move, since I saw Honda naming it the Accord Crosstour as an expansion of the Accord family, but apparently after one model year, Honda execs had second thoughts.
Dog owners looking for a new set of wheels can take heart; the American Automobile Association has taken the time to pick a handful of vehicles best suited to moving your furry friend from one place to another. With around 45 million households across the country boasting at least one dog in the family, it should be no surprise that the ability to conveniently and safely move a pet plays a big role in which vehicle consumers choose to buy. A total of 11 SUVs, crossovers and wagons have made the AAA list, each divided into categories like luxury, active lifestyle and efficient and fun.
While we weren't surprised to see cars like the Subaru Forester and Honda Element make the cut, others, like the BMW 3 Series Touring and the ever fun-to-fling Mazda3 five-door were vehicles we wouldn't have necessarily thought of as doggie rides. Thrifty buys like the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube found particular favor on the AAA list, thanks in part to their ability to serve up plenty of space with their rear seats folded down. We still say a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon would do just fine - at least for a low-profile dog like a dachshund or beagle. Hit the jump for the press release after checking out our complete gallery of canine-correct-carriers below.
Gallery: AAA Dog-Friendly Vehicles
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website that Honda is recalling 585 2010 Element crossovers equipped with a manual transmission. The vehicles in question may have an improperly set cable that connects the shift lever to the transmission, an issue that could lead to anything from a major inconvenience for owners to the increased risk of an accident.
This defect may cause the gear shift lever to interact improperly with the transmission, leading to the wrong gear being selected. Affected vehicles could also get stuck in neutral, lose the ability to shift into reverse or fail to allow the key to be removed from the ignition.
Owners of the affected vehicles can bring their Element to the local Honda dealership for a free repair. Some owners have already been contacted about this issue, but all 585 will receive a notice from Honda by August 9. Element owners with questions or concerns can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.
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Kevin Cotter recently found himself among the other 50 percent of Americans who wind up getting divorced from their first spouse. Rather than wallow in the broken remains of 12 years of marriage, the guy decided to have a little fun. See, his ex-wife refused to take her wedding dress when she left the house. Rather than throw the dress on Craigslist and call it a day, Cotter decided to write a book about the 101 uses a newly-single guy could come up with for a fancy piece of silk and lace.
Only no one was exactly champing at the bit to publish his idea. Instead, he did what any self-respecting freshly-rejected writer would do. He took to the internets! Cotter now runs My Ex Wifes Wedding Dress - a blog all about the wide array of uses he's come up with so far. While we're personally fans of the scarecrow, Cotter has also used the gown for a drip cloth when he changes the oil in his Honda Element and a gas cap. Hilarity ensues. Thanks for the tip, Jubby!
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