Japanese automaker Honda is recalling 1.5 million recent Accord models globally to prevent engine fires after discovering a defect with the vehicle’s battery system. Honda stated it had linked four reports of engine fires to the defect. The recall affects 1.15 million cars in the United States from the 2013 through 2016 model-year.
The automaker said the defect on the older Accords is related to a 12-volt sensor that monitors the vehicle battery’s charge. The sensor may not be sealed off from moisture or road salt, which could cause erosion or electrical shorting. This could trigger engine smoke or a fire.
The company will repair vehicles for free and notify owners when they can visit their local dealerships. Given the size of the recall, Honda said that after inspection, dealers will apply a temporary repair if the battery sensor is in good condition. After manufacturing enough parts to replace all the vehicles, every owner will get the permanent fix. However, it is not immediately clear how long that will take.
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