Honda Motor said Friday it will recall more than 2 million vehicles in the US and China to update the automatic transmission software in several popular models.
The recall in the United States affects 1.5 million Accords and from model years 2005 through 2010, CR-Vs from 2007 through 2010 and Elements from 2005 through 2008 were also affected by the recall.
The Accord was by far Honda's best-selling vehicle last month, followed by the Civic.
Honda said, shifting between the reverse, neutral and drive positions -– a common sequence when trying to dislodge a vehicle trapped in mud or snow –- can damage a bearing in the automatic transmission system.
Honda will also recall 760,515 Accords, Odysseys and Spirior cars in China, according to a statement on its Chinese website, as well as a smaller amount of vehicles in the Middle East, Latin America and elsewhere.
The problem could cause the engine to stall or make the parking gear difficult to engage.
Honda said it knows of no injuries or deaths related to the issue.
The automaker said it will begin notifying owners starting 31 August.