On July 14, 2017, Honda announced that it is recalling 1.5 million recent Accord models globally in response to a defect with the vehicle’s battery system. The Japanese automaker reached this decision after investigating four reports of engine fires and linking them to the same defect.
The Honda models involved range from 2013 to 2016. Honda explained that the defect on some of the older Accord models is caused by a 12-volt sensor that monitors the vehicle battery’s state of charge. The sensor sustains erosion or electrical shorting due to moisture or road salt, which could result in engine smoke or fire. The company noted that the defect is likely due to the sensor’s lack of sufficient seal against moisture.
The automaker has vowed to repair the Accord vehicles free of charge. However, the significant number of vehicles involved in the recall will make the repairs a lengthy process. Therefore, Honda reported a short term strategy to help start repairs on as many vehicles as possible. The company will notify owners when they can visit their local Honda dealerships. Then, dealers will apply a temporary repair if the battery sensor is in good condition. Once Honda has manufactured sufficient parts to replace all of the recalled vehicles, every owner will receive a permanent replacement.
Honda is also one of the major automakers facing the industry’s largest recall in U.S. history, with millions of vehicles linked to the defective and exploding Takata airbags.
If you have been involved in a car accident in which the various safety systems failed to adequately protect you, you may have a potential claim for damages against the manufacturer. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.