Honda Recalls Over 2 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risk

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Honda has recalled over 2.1 million vehicles due to faulty battery sensors having a fire risk

Honda Motors issued a statement on Friday that 2.1 million vehicles across the globe would replace battery sensors as they have a high risk of fire.

The faulty battery sensors are not sealed enough against moisture, which can lead to moisture over time inducing other substances into the battery sensor, which can then lead to rust and an eventual electrical malfunction of the sensor.

Because the recall is so large, Honda stated that the initial policy would be to supply a temporary repair in the form of adhesive to the sensors and then later guarantee a full replacement.

Spokesman Christ Martin stated that the recall would include nearly 1 million Honda Accord vehicles worldwide to replace the 12-volt battery sensor, and 1.15 million vehicles from 2013-2016 models in the United States.

Honda has so far received almost 4,000 warranty claims within the U.S. alone over the faulty battery sensor.

Possibility of faulty sensor investigated from the first, Honda claims

Although there have been no injuries due to the malfunctioning sensor, Honda began seriously investigating the the issue after four reports of fires in the engine compartments in the United States and Canada – particularly in areas that use road salts during the winter.

The first claim of a fire in the engine compartment originated from Canada in 2015, and in 2016, another claim was filed from China.

A redesigned battery sensor was introduced by Honda in June 2016 following the fire claim from China, and continued to maintain an investigation of any incidents in which engine compartment fires occurred.

“[The] future occurrence was estimated to be low,” Honda said in a statement in 2016, although they continued to maintain an active investigation.