I've heard about this problem as there have been a number of complaints about this issue.
My understanding is that there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this issue but not a Recall. A TSB does not mean a free fix for the consumer and the bean counters and company lawyers generally only cave in to a Recall when the threats of lawsuits and personal injury monetary claims outweigh the cost of repairs.
If the car has a reasonable number of miles on it you might consider contacting the Honda regional office and ask if they could perform a Good Will warranty, which is basically a PR warranty.
Be polite in your dealings with them but express disappointment this problem has occurred and they might, knock on wood, cover this for you. It's a coin flip but worth a shot.