Despite Transmission Failures, Agency Will Not Require Further Action from Honda

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April 26, 2011

Christopher Jensen

Although hundreds of Honda owners have reported failures of their vehicles’ automatic transmissions, in some cases saying they were unable to safely cross a busy street or merge into traffic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it found no reason to take action.
The agency reviewed complaints and “found no evidence” of a safety problem, wrote Karen Aldana, a N.H.T.S.A. spokeswoman, in an e-mail. In January, when Wheels first reported consumer complaints, Ms. Aldana said the agency was considering if additional action was necessary.
That review is now complete, and the agency found nothing “that would warrant agency action at this time,” she wrote.

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