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Honda CR-Z Recall 11V458000

Erratic Operation of Electric Drive Motor

Drive Train, September 6, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

If the engine were to stall when the brake is NOT applied, the electric drive motor could unexpectedly move the vehicle in the opposite direction of the selected gear.

What Should You Do?

Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning September 30, 2011. If you are experiencing stalling or erratic operation of the electric drive system, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.

Summary:

If the engine were to stall when the brake pedal is NOT depressed, there is a chance the engine control unit software may cause the electric motor of the hybrid system to move the vehicle unexpectedly in the opposite direction of the selected gear. Unexpected vehicle movement could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the ECU software to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is R94.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacturer's Report Date: September 6, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V458000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,626

Summary: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CR-Z PASSENGER CARS WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 8, 2010, THROUGH JUNE 27, 2011. SHOULD THE ENGINE STALL WHILE THE BRAKE PEDAL IS NOT PRESSED, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE ENGINE CONTROL UNIT (ECU) SOFTWARE MAY CAUSE THE ELECTRIC MOTOR OF THE HYBRID SYSTEM TO MOVE THE VEHICLE UNEXPECTEDLY IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE SELECTED GEAR.

Consequence: UNEXPECTED VEHICLE MOVEMENT COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH OR PERSONAL INJURY TO THE PERSONS IN THE PATH OF THE MOVING VEHICLE.

Remedy: HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE ECU SOFTWARE, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 30, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AUTOMOBILE CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes: HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS R94. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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