Honda Expands Recall for Engine Fire Risk to the Popular Accord Model

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) (www.safercar.gov) has posted a recall notice affecting over 573,000 Honda Accord V6 vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2007. This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall of Acura TL models for the same issue. The Accord is one of the top-selling vehicles in the United States.

Honda has discovered a potentially dangerous issue with the power steering hydraulic power assist feature, including the hose, piping and connections. After investigation, Honda has determined that the problem can occur after prolonged exposure to high engine temperatures. This may cause premature deterioration of the power steering hose. High fluid temperatures may cause the hose to crack, allowing it to leak power steering fluid. If this leaking fluid comes into contact with heated engine parts, such as a catalytic converter, there is potential for an engine fire.

According to Honda, there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to the faulty power steering hose. However, there has been one report of a fire related to a leaking hose.

Ongoing Issue

In May 2012, a defect report was filed by Honda and a recall was issued for some model year 2007 and 2008 Acura TL vehicles for this same issue. Acura is Honda’s luxury line of vehicles. At that time it recalled about 53,000 Acura TLs. This latest notice for expansion of the recall, combined with the 483,000 vehicles already recalled, brings the total number of Honda vehicles now affected to 1.1 million.

Honda did receive a report of an engine fire which occurred in a 2006 V-6 equipped Accord. The investigation into the incident resulted in the conclusion that a leaking power steering hose was likely to blame. In a report to the NHTSA, Honda said its investigation into the Acura TL issue led them to also investigate the V-6 Accords for the same problem.

Honda to Repair the Problem Free of Charge

Honda Accord recallIn order to remedy the situation, Honda will be supplying a new heat-resistant power steering hose and will be instructing Honda dealers to install them free of charge for affected vehicle owners.

Vehicle owners affected by the expansion of the recall may have to wait until early 2013 for the repair to be performed as Honda is still in the process of providing replacement parts to dealers. According to Honda, the replacement part will need to manufactured, “using a new rubber material that is less susceptible to high-temperature deterioration and cracking”.

Owners affected by the earlier recall may obtain the free repair from their Honda dealer immediately. Honda will begin to notify the newly affected Accord V6 owners of the recall beginning in October, and again when the parts become available.

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