May 28, 2004


Honda recalls 600,000 Odysseys, Pilots, MDXs

Washington, D.C. – Honda is recalling approximately 600,000 Odyssey minivans, Pilot SUVs, and Acura MDX SUVs, model years 2001-2004, to inspect the automatic transmission for possible wear or damage. The company says certain operating conditions can result in heat build-up between the countershaft and secondary shaft second gears in the automatic transmission, eventually leading to gear tooth chipping or gear breakage. Gear failure could result in transmission lockup, increasing the risk of a crash. On vehicles with 15,000 miles or less, the dealer will update the transmission with a revision to the oil cooler return line to increase lubrication to the second gear. On vehicles with more than 15,000 miles, the dealer will inspect the transmission to identify gears that have already experienced discoloration due to overheating. If discoloration exists, the transmission will be replaced. If discoloration is not present, the dealer will install the change to the oil cooler return line.

In other recall news…Ford is recalling 321,903 Escape SUVs, and Mazda is recalling 106,000 Tribute SUVs, model years 2001-2003, to reprogram the Powertrain Control Module on V6 engines to prevent stalling…..GM is recalling 389,905 Cadillac Eldorado, Seville, and Devilles, model years 1995-1997, to install a new fuel rail assembly that could degrade and crack leaking fuel into the engine compartment…….BMW is recalling 25,270 5-Series cars, model years 1996-1997, to install a retaining clip to the underside of the front spring strut plates to prevent them cracking. The company is also recalling 13,769 Z4s, model years 2003-2004, to install a resistor in the electrical line powering the fuel pump in order to prevent vapour lock…….Nissan is recalling 26,000 Quest minivans, model year 2004, to replace the actuator for the power sliding doors. Under certain conditions, the doors may not close properly, and open unexpectedly……Isuzu Motors has recalled 72,905 Troopers, model years 1992-1995, to repair a sticky accelerator cable.

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