• Aug 6, 2010
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website that Honda is recalling 585 2010 Element crossovers equipped with a manual transmission. The vehicles in question may have an improperly set cable that connects the shift lever to the transmission, an issue that could lead to anything from a major inconvenience for owners to the increased risk of an accident.

This defect may cause the gear shift lever to interact improperly with the transmission, leading to the wrong gear being selected. Affected vehicles could also get stuck in neutral, lose the ability to shift into reverse or fail to allow the key to be removed from the ignition.

Owners of the affected vehicles can bring their Element to the local Honda dealership for a free repair. Some owners have already been contacted about this issue, but all 585 will receive a notice from Honda by August 9. Element owners with questions or concerns can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



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[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HONDA / ELEMENT 2010

Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: AUG 03, 2010

Component: POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION:COLUMN SHIFT ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 585

Summary:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 1, 2010 THROUGH JUNE 25, 2010. DURING ASSEMBLY PROCESS, THE CABLE THAT CONNECTS THE SHIFT LEVER TO THE TRANSMISSION WAS NOT SET CORRECTLY AT THE SHIFT LEVER BRACKET. AS A RESULT THE DRIVER MAY MOVE THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER BUT THE TRANSMISSION MAY NOT BE PLACED IN THE SELECTED GEAR.

Consequence:
THIS CAN CAUSE THE KEY TO BE STUCK IN THE IGNITION SWITCH, AN INABILITY TO SHIFT INTO OR OUT OF PARK, OR AN INABILITY TO SHIFT INTO REVERSE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
HONDA HAS CONTACTED SOME OWNERS BY PHONE AND ARRANGED TO, HAVE, OR HAS HAD, THEIR VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. ALL OTHER OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL. DEALERS WILL CORRECTLY SET THE SHIFT CABLE BUSHING. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 9, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      For an enthusiast a manual is best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since this has become an auto vs. stick thread, let me add my $0.02.

      It annoys me when people say they can't have/don't want a manual because of heavy stop-n-go traffic in **insert metropolitan area here**. That is such a cop out. Driving a manual transmission car becomes second nature very quickly. It ceases to ever cross your mind. It becomes an unconscious competence. Traffic or no traffic, it's all the same.

      P.S. Anyone other manual drivers ever get into your buddy's auto and foot-search for the clutch before turning the ignition? I do that all the time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My left foot does that all the time. Pure instinct.

        As for the whiners whining about rush hour being a chore with a manual, they are indeed just lazy. I find no trouble rowing my own gears through any kind of rush hour.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, every Honda owner loves Honda's transmissions... until you have to replace it. My piece of junk started going bad at 37,000, but Honda just c(w)ouldn't find the problem time and time again. Try fighting Honda over that one when the tranny goes kaput at 63,000. Thank God I'm no longer brain-washed by that arrogant company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've had three without a single issue, all of which I ran to almost 100,000, one over.

        You are certainly the exception if you are talking about manuals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad they can't recall for a disconnect to good design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bangbus approved!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Move over Aztec, this thing is uuuuuuuuggglllyyy!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Notice to all manual shifting whiners - 585!!!... thats all, 585 out of maybe 50,000+ Elements representing maybe 1% of the market... No wonder the manual is DOA... stop whining... the vast majority want automatics!
        • 4 Years Ago
        James May called it "the car recently-graduated 22yo males buy"
      • 4 Years Ago
      people that want an auto trans should be shot for excessive laziness. Imho
      • 4 Years Ago
      This recall is for automatics. Honda didn't offer a manual transmission in the Element for 2010.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Element, Aztek, Gremlin, Pacer, Edsel...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Owners of the affected vehicles can bring their Element to the local Honda dealership for a free repair. Some owners have already been contacted about this issue, but all 585 will receive a notice from Honda by August 9."

      So for the my2010, only 585 MT elements have been sold?
        • 4 Years Ago
        HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 1, 2010 THROUGH JUNE 25, 2010.

        nevermind
      susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am having problems with my 2005 Honda Element. Manual transmission. I had the Master Cylinder related to the clutch replaced last week, It worked for a week, and now I am having the same promblems. It will not shift into any gear. Please if anyone has any ideas or know of any recalls. Thanks
      susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have having trouble with my element 2005 manual transmissions. Does anyone know about recalls on this. I have had the master c. replaced last week. Drove it for one week, and now pedal goes to the floor and won't go into any gear just like it did a week before when I put it in the shop
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last i have seen this model in Qatar was 5 years back, i guess people never bought this bcz of its terrible design. They should like discontinue this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's interesting just how many people fear something different... or heck, even the OPTION of something different (a.k.a., the manual transmission).

      Look, manuals aren't for everyone... most people would rather text, listen to talk radio, gab on their phone, shave or do their nails rather than drive. But for the rest of us who grew up riding in our father's manual transmission VW Beetles and MGBs, rowing your own is just part of what makes driving an immersive and FUN experience. The ability to control the car absolutely sure beats just pointing it around. And I won't even bore you with stories of heel-toeing or dog-leg transmissions. As the Jeep folks say, "you wouldn't understand."

      Anyway, this thread is almost a moot point... if you go on the Honda website, you can't even OPTION the Element with a manual transmission, and they're not going to be available next year.

      So good job, slush-box fascists, your "automatics for everyone" dream is slowly but surely becoming reality.
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