American Honda Motor Co. announced in a statement on Wednesday a voluntary recall of Honda and Acura light truck models with V6 engines and automatic transmissions. The potential defect involves insufficient lubrication of the transmission’s secondary shaft second gear that can, under prolonged operation, lead to breakage of the gear. The 600,000 vehicles recalled include the 2002, 2003, and early 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans, 2003 and early 2004 Honda Pilots, and the 2001 and 2002 Acura MDX. Honda says the event of gear breakage is rare and affects only vehicles with high mileage. Only ten transmission failure reports have been filed related to this defect. Meanwhile, General Motors is recalling an undetermined number of Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, and Oldsmobile Bravada SUV to fix potentially damaged seat belts, Reuters reported Wednesday. Federal safety regulators determined that the seat belts were damaged in transit. GM contends that the damage would not affect passenger safety, though the NHTSA denied the automaker’s request to rule the damage as “inconsequential.” Last month, GM announced a recall on more than four million full-size pickup trucks to replace faulty tailgate support cables. In February GM announced three major recalls, including one to correct an electrical system defect in about 636,000 mid-size SUVs.
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