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Honda recalls 1.2 million cars, citing faulty battery sensors

 

NEW YORK: Honda announced Thursday a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in the United States, following four engine compartment fires linked to faulty battery sensors.

The Japanese auto giant said the recall affects Accords from the 2013-2016 model years.

Honda said it would replace the sensors for the 12-volt battery free of charge.

The company said no injuries have been reported in connection with the malfunctioning sensors.

The company says the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery aren’t adequately sealed off from moisture, allowing road salt to get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short. When heated, a shorted sensor can possibly catch fire.

As part of the recall, dealers will inspect the sensors and faulty ones will be replaced. Those vehicles without problems will receive an adhesive sealant and sensors will be replaced when parts are available.

The Honda Accord was one of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing.

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