Honda recall: 1.2 million Accords face fire risk from faulty battery sensors

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Another day, another automaker recall!

After being front and center in the Takata airbag debacle, Honda now has another recall on its hands thanks to a rash of reports about faulty battery sensors starting engine compartment fires.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Honda recall

The Japanese automaker is recalling 1.2 million Accords made between 2013 and 2016.

Honda has received four complaints about the 12-volt battery sensors causing engine fires. A fifth complaint was fielded in Canada.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The automaker also says it received nearly 4,000 warranty claims related to the faulty sensor.

Honda says the sensors may not be “sufficiently sealed” against moisture, according to Reuters.

Road salt exacerbates the fire risk because it can get up into the sensors and cause the system to short-circuit. That, in turn, heightens the likelihood of engine fires.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported stemming from the five engine compartment fires that Honda knows of.

Honda says it will notify Accord owners impacted by the recall before July 31 about next steps. Meanwhile, you can check to see if your car is involved in the recall by Recalls.Honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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