Honda recalling 143,000 Civics, Fits to fix faulty software

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2010 file photo, a man looks at Honda Motor Co.'s Civic hybrid cars in front of the Japanese automaker's headquarters in Tokyo. Slow sales and falling gasoline prices have prompted Honda to stop selling gas-electric hybrid and natural gas-powered versions of its Civic compact car, the automaker said Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Honda is recalling 143,000 Civic and Fit vehicles in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the front wheels to lock up.

The recall announced Thursday is for the 2014 and 2015 model years for the Honda Civic and the 2015 model for the Fit.

The software that will be repaired for free manages continuously variable transmission. Honda says the software was programmed in a way that exposes the vehicles’ drive pulley shaft to more stress than it was built to handle.

The car maker says no crashes or injuries have been linked to the software issue yet.

Recall notices are expected to be sent to affected customers in mid-October. More information can be obtained at or calling 888-234-2138.

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