Photo of Honda Civic courtesy of Honda.

Photo of Honda Civic courtesy of Honda.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 143,676 2014-2015 model-year Honda Civic and 2015-MY Honda Fit cars so dealers can update the software for the transmission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

The software settings that control the transmission operation might damage the transmission drive pulley shaft, which might break as a result. This could prompt the vehicles to lose acceleration or the front wheels to lock up while driving. Such conditions increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA said.

The recall affects 2014-2015 Civic cars manufactured from Jan. 16 to Nov. 6 in 2014, and 2015 Fit cars manufactured from March 12, 2014, to May 12 of this year.

There will be no charge for the software update. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 16. Vehicle owners can reach Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3 (Fit).