Honda recalls 1.2 million cars over battery fires

Honda recalls 1.2 million cars over battery fires
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Japanese automaker Honda is recalling nearly 1.2 million Honda Accords after it was discovered that a sensor in the car's battery can cause engine fires in some models.

CNN reported that the company announced Thursday that 1.2 million vehicles produced between 2013 and 2016 would be subject to recall due to improper moisture sealing on batteries that allows substance such as road salt to penetrate the sensors in the car's battery and cause fires.

The auto giant said that it has not seen any reports of the fires injuring customers but is recalling the cars out of an abundance of caution.

"There have been no reported injuries related to these incidents," Honda said in a statement. According to the report, the automaker will begin notifying owners of the recall by the end of July.

Honda's decision comes on the heels of the Takata Airbag recall. More than 100 million cars around the world are subject to recall thanks to exploding airbags that have injured at least 180 and killed 18 people.


Earlier this week, Honda reported that an 11th American had been killed by a faulty Takata airbag in their Honda vehicle. Millions of Hondas are affected by the Takata airbag recall, which is the largest recall of its type in American history.

According to CNN, less than one-third of the faulty, possibly deadly airbags have been recalled 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 NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonJames Webb telescope reaches final destination a million miles from Earth Overnight Energy & Environment — Earth records its hottest years ever Global temperatures in past seven years hottest ever observed, new data show MORE (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 car is subject to recall by visiting Honda's recall website.