Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire

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DETROIT — Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord midsize cars in the U.S. because a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire.

The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years. Honda said it has four reports of engine compartment fires due to the problem but no injuries. All the fires were in states where salt was used to clear roads in the winter.

The company said the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery were not properly sealed from moisture. Road salt can get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short. A shorted sensor can heat up and possibly catch fire.

Dealers will inspect the sensors. Faulty ones will be replaced. Those without problems will get an adhesive sealant and will be replaced when parts are available.



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