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

Honda sign
Image Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr
Team Clark is adamant that we will never write content influenced by or paid for by an advertiser. To support our work, we do make money from some links to companies and deals on our site. Learn more about our guarantee here.

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.

Read more: 1.3 million Chrysler vehicles recalled over unintentional airbag deployment, fires

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 or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Read more: Kia again ranks #1 in J.D. Power initial quality ratings

5 of the most American-made cars

  • Show Comments Hide Comments