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Η Honda ανακοίνωσε ότι ανακαλεί 143.676 Civic και Fit στις Η.Π.Α. λόγω ενός προβλήματος με τον τρόπο που το λογισμικό ελέγχει το κιβώτιο διαρκώς μεταβαλλόμενης σχέσης. Αυτή τη στιγμή, το σύστημα χρησιμοποιεί υπό περιπτώσεις υψηλή πίεση στο υδραυλικό σύστημα, κάτι που φορτίζει υπερβολικά έναν άξονα του κιβωτίου. Επιπλέον, κάποια από τα εξαρτήματα “ενδέχεται να έχουν κατασκευαστεί στο κάτω άκρο των προδιαγραφών αντοχής”.

Με πολύ απλά λόγια, η υψηλή πίεση μπορεί να σπάσει τον συγκεκριμένο άξονα. Αν συμβεί αυτό, είτε δεν θα τροφοδοτούνται με ισχύ οι τροχοί, είτε θα μπλοκάρουν. Σε κάθε περίπτωση, οι συνέπειες μπορεί να είναι άσχημες. Η πρώτη αναφορά του προβλήματος έγινε τον Ιούλιο του 2014 ενώ από τότε, έχει εμφανιστεί άλλες 23 φορές χωρίς ωστόσο να έχουν αναφερθεί τραυματισμοί.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding CVT Drive Pulley Shaft Recall: 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Honda Fit

Oct 1, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif. Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 143,000 model-year 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit vehicles in the United States to update the software that manages the continuously variable transmission (CVT), free of charge. Affected vehicles have CVT control software that is written to use high hydraulic pressure during certain CVT operation modes, which as a result may subject the drive pulley shaft to high stress. In addition, during manufacturing of the drive pulley shaft, some parts may have been produced at the low end of the hardness specification. If shafts with lower hardness are repeatedly subjected to the specific high hydraulic pressure modes, it may result in the shaft breaking during operation. If the drive pulley shaft breaks, the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered through the warranty claim process in the United States.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-October, 2015. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair now by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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RECALL Subject : Transmission Software may Result in Pulley Damage

Report Receipt Date: SEP 15, 2015 NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V574000 Component(s): POWER TRAIN Potential Number of Units Affected: 143,676 All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)

HONDA CIVIC 2014-2015 HONDA FIT 2015

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Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to May 12,2015. The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.

CONSEQUENCE:If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the transmission, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3(Fit).

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.