1.15 million Honda Accords have been recalled for fire risk; Honda blames faulty battery sensor. Four fires related to the issue reported so far, all in road salt-using states.
Got a 2013 to 2016 Honda Accord? There’s a good chance it’s just been recalled for a faulty battery sensor. Honda says the bum sensors aren’t adequately sealed to moisture; water — or worse, salty water — can seep in, potentially causing a short, which can lead to fire. (Your koan for the day: Will a bad sensor sense that it’s on fire?)
In all, the recall hits roughly 1.15 million Accords.
According to Honda:
“The 12-volt battery sensor is located on the negative battery cable within the engine compartment, monitoring the battery’s state of charge in order to alert the driver to problems with the battery or the charging system. The battery sensors installed in affected vehicles may not be sufficiently sealed against moisture intrusion. Over time, moisture intrusion may bring road salt or other electrically conductive substances inside the battery sensor, leading to corrosion and eventual electrical shorting of the sensor. A shorted sensor can heat up through electrical resistance, potentially resulting in smoke coming from under the hood or, in the worst case, a fire.”
Honda says it will notify owners of affected cars starting in late July, and the repairs will happen in two waves: cars with faulty battery sensors will have theirs replaced at the dealer, while those who have functional sensors will receive a temporary fix (adhesive sealant on the sensor case) followed by a full repair down the road. The automaker says it is taking this particular two-step approach because of the sheer number of affected cars. In any event, it’s all at no cost to owners.
Don’t dally on this one, especially if you live in a state that uses salt on the road during the winter: There have been four engine fires related to the sensors in the US so far, all of them reportedly in “salt belt” states. If you don’t want to wait for the letter from Honda, you can check if your car is included in the recall here.
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