The recall is necessary to update automatic-transmission software that will decrease transmission-damage potential.
The recall affects certain 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles.
The company said Friday that without the change, the transmission's secondary shaft bearing can be damaged when the car is shifted too quickly. Honda said that can happen when a driver tries to get the vehicle dislodged from mud or snow.
No injuries or deaths have resulted from the problem, the company said.
Honda will send recall notifications to customers on August 31.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.