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Ford, Honda, Chrysler Launch Big Recalls

UNITED STATES--Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. each announced wide-spanning recalls last week. The most recent was Honda with more transmission issues, the company saying it has begun a recall of 1.5 million vehicles in the United States to update automatic-transmission software to help prevent damage to a secondary-shaft bearing that could be affected by rapid shifting between forward, neutral and reverse. Honda said the affected vehicles are 2005-2010 Accords with 4-cylinder engines, the 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element.

Earlier last week, Ford recalled 1.2 million F-Series pickups from various series, in addition to Lincoln-badged versions of the F-150, sold in North America between 1997 and 2003 to replace what might be corroded metal straps that secure the fuel tank to the chassis.

Chrysler said last week it is recalling almost 300,000 2008 Chrysler Town & Country, Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans that could accidentally deploy the front air bags.

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