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American Honda Motor Co. said Friday it will provide an extended warranty on 1.2 million Honda and Acura models due to transmission problems.

Automatic transmissions having the problems may suffer premature wear or failure, the American unit of Honda Motor Co. said.

The extended warranty will cover affected transmissions for seven years instead of the standard warranty of three to four years for Honda and Acura vehicles.

Vehicles covered by the extended warranty are the 2000-2001 models of the Accord, Odyssey and Prelude, 2000-2002 and some 2003 models of the Acura 3.2 TL, and 2001-2002 and some 2003 models of the Acura 3.2 CL, Honda said.

While only 2 percent of these vehicles have experienced transmission problems, Honda will provide the extended warranty on all potentially affected vehicles, it said.

The vehicles are not subject to mandatory recall as the problems do not affect the vehicles’ safety.

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