|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, April 16, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
American Honda Motor Company
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.