Honda is recalling more than 1.1 million Accord sedans and coupes in the U.S. for an electrical short that may cause a fire under the hood, the company said late Thursday. The 2013–2016 Accord has a current sensor on the 12-volt battery’s negative cable with an improper weather seal. Water, salt, and other corrosive materials could contact the sensor and cause a short, which then could affect the electrical resistance and heat up the sensor enough to start a fire.
Honda says that this fire scenario has happened at least four times in the salt belt states. Honda did not report any accidents or injuries. Dealers will replace the battery sensors, although it’s unknown at this time if Honda will include every Accord model or only those registered or previously registered in specific cold-weather states. A filing was not yet posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Damaged sensors will be replaced immediately, while those that are intact will be sealed with an adhesive initially, until enough new parts arrive for every sensor under recall to be replaced.