Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC: Quote) announced a voluntary recall of the all-new Fit Hybrid, Vezel Hybrid produced in Japan from July 2013 through February 2014, owing to a problem with the software program controlling the 7-speed dual clutch transmission or DCT, that could cause a delay in the ability to begin driving or the inability to move. The automaker notified the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of the recall with a total recall population of 81,353 units.
As the remedy, Honda said it would first check each DCT's gear change history from today. For vehicles with a gear change history that indicates the non-engagement of gears, the company would replace the DCT component to mitigate against the possible damage to the DCT's internal parts and then change the control software program. The firm intends to begin installing the new control program on February 21, 2014.
Further, Honda suspended the delivery of all affected models, that are currently being produced at Yorii Plant of Saitama Factory and Suzuka Factory, until the new software program is installated.
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by RTT Staff Writer
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