Japanese auto-maker Honda Motor Co. announced a recall for 1.15 million Honda Accord vehicles from the 2013 to 2016 model years in the United States, as well as nearly 1 million additional vehicles sold internationally.
The problem is a 12-volt battery sensor may not be sealed against moisture intrusion, according to Honda. Over time, moisture may introduce dirt or road salt into the battery sensor, resulting in rust and eventual short-circuiting of the sensor. This could cause a fire.
Honda has received 4 reports of engine compartment fires in the U.S., plus at least 1 additional report in Canada, all from regions where road salt is used in the winter. Other incidents have been reported in China.
No injuries have been linked to the problem. Honda has received 3,972 warranty claims in the U.S. due to the issue.
The first claim of an engine compartment fire was in Canada in 2015, when Honda began a safety investigation. Another fire was reported in China in early 2016. Honda re-designed the sensor in June 2016.
Honda will notify owners about the recall later this month. In the meantime, owners can check Honda’s website to see if their car is on the list of recalled vehicles.
Because of the size of the recall, Honda did not say how long it will take to manufacture new sensors or complete the repairs. Until the sensors can be replaced, dealerships will temporarily fix the problem by applying an adhesive to the sensor to prevent moisture intrusion.