Honda has recalled 1.5 million Accords due to a fire risk.
The recall spans Accord models built between 2013 and 2016. Honda has received reports of four engine compartment fires related to the problem, but no injuries have been reported.
The Japanese automaker says road salt could get on the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery, which may not be properly sealed. The salt could then cause the sensor to short, heat up and potentially start a fire. All four of the reported fires were in U.S. states where road salt is used in the winter time, but as a precaution, Honda is recalling Accords across the U.S. and Canada.
Honda will reach out and contact owners of affected vehicles. Dealers will then inspect and replace the sensors free of charge once parts become available. If a vehicle’s sensor is found to be in working order, dealers will still apply an adhesive sealant to relevant parts of the battery.
The recall comes at an inopportune time for Honda, which is expected to pull the veil from its all-new 2018 Accord during a special event today.