By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Honda has recalled around 1,148,550 2013-2016 Honda Accord vehicles because the case for the 12-volt battery sensor, part of the battery management system, may allow water to get in, potentially causing an electrical short. The company cautions that an electrical short increases the risk of a fire. According to a press release, Honda has received four reports of engine compartment fires related to this defect; there have been no reported injuries (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 17V418, Report receipt date: June 29, 2017).
Remedy. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sensor, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Dealers will perform an interim remedy of applying adhesive to the case to prevent water intrusion. Interim notices are expected to be mailed on July 31, 2017. Owners will need to have the permanent remedy completed once they receive a second notice.
Contact information. Owners may contact American Honda Customer Support Center at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is KG0. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Companies: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
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