If you're among the Honda owners who spent the weekend wondering if the vehicle problem that prompted the recall of Accords and CR-Vs in the US will also affect those sold in the Philippines, worry no more.
On August 5, Honda announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles in the United States due to a need to update the software that controls the automatic transmission of four-cylinder Accords sold from 2005 to 2010 and CR-Vs sold from 2007 to 2010. The recall also includes units of the Element sold from 2005 to 2008. More than 700,000 units are affected in China while the same vehicles in Canada, Puerto Rico, parts of Europe and the Middle East are also affected.
"According to Honda, the transmission on these vehicles needs to be updated because its secondary shaft bearing can be damaged when the car is shifted too quickly--specially when the vehicle is dislodged in mud or snow," TheDailyBeast.com reported.
Without the software update, Nitrobahn.com said, the damage in the bearing may cause the engine to stall or lead to a difficulty in engaging the parking gear. The report added that no injury or death has been reported in line with the transmission problem.
And now for that bit that will make you breathe a sigh of relief: Honda Cars Philippines said the recall does not affect units here.
"(Units in) the Philippines and other countries in Asia and Oceania are not included because the supplier of engine parts is different from those being recalled," said Voltaire Gonzales, HCP vehicle sales and corporate communications head.
Accord and CR-V units sold in the Philippines are imported from Thailand.