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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

American Honda Motor Company

Models:

Honda Accord Years: 1998
Acura CL Years: 1998

Number Involved: 33,966
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V018
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Noncompliance: During manufacturing, the casting die caused an irregularity in the right-side transmission cover. This irregularity can limit the movement of the parking pawl actuation level and prevent adequate engagement of the parking gear pawl. This does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection."
Consequence of Noncompliance: This condition can cause the vehicle to roll down an incline when the transmission is locked in "Park," increasing the risk of personal injury and/or property damage.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a collar on the transmission parking pawl to ensure proper movement of the actuation lever.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Feb. 12, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.