Fire risk behind Honda’s expanded recall

Honda has expanded the recall of vehicles that may be subject to under the hood fires. Back in May, the auto maker filed a defect report to recall several model year 2007 and 2008 Acura TL vehicles. That recall began in June. Last month, Honda added 573,147 vehicles to that recall, including model year 2003-3007 Accord V6 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 625,762. The company discovered that prolonged under-hood and power steering fluid temperatures may cause the power steering hose to prematurely deteriorate, causing it to crack and allowing power steering fluid to leak onto a hot catalytic converter. This then can cause smoke and possibly fire. Honda will notify vehicle owners. Dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose for free. Owners of vehicles named in the initial recall can take their vehicles in for repair; however, parts for the vehicles in the newly announced recall will have to wait. There are not enough parts to go around right now but they should be available in early 2013. Honda will notify owners of the second wave of the recall beginning Oct. 26. The recall campaign number for the original recall is S39. The recall numbers for the additional vehicles are S59 (Inspection) and S60 (Remedy). For information, call Honda at (800) 999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236. Learn more about this and other recalls at www.safercar.gov.
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