JUST IN: Honda issues million-plus-vehicle recall


Auto giant Honda announced Thursday that the company is recalling over a million Honda Accords following the discovery that a sensor in the battery can cause engine fires in some models.

The Japanese automaker said that 1.2 million Honda Accords produced between 2013 and 2016 are subject to recall due to improper moisture sealing on batteries that allows substances such as road salt to penetrate the battery’s sensors and cause fires.

Honda said that it has not received reports of the fires injuring customers, but the company chose to exercise caution and recall the vehicles.

“There have been no reported injuries related to these incidents,” Honda said in a statement.

The auto giant intends to begin notifying Accord owners of the recall by the end of July.

Honda’s decision comes in the wake of the Takata Airbag recall. More than 100 million cars worldwide are subject to recall due to exploding airbags that have injured at least 180 people and killed 18.

Millions of Honda vehicles are subject to the Takata airbag recall—the largest of its type in U.S. history. Honda recently reported that an 11th American had been killed by a faulty Takata airbag which deployed in their Honda vehicle.

Reportedly, less than one-third of the faulty airbags have been repaired from the 70 million in circulation in the United States.

“Takata has told the public that their line of airbag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe. This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata’s ammonium nitrate-based airbags,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said in a statement.

“If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mind-boggling.”

Honda owners can find out if their vehicles are subject to recall by visiting the company’s recall website.

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