Honda is recalling five model years of Accords totaling 600,000 units in the United States and Canada and dating to 2003 because the popular sedan has a faulty power steering hose that can leak fluid and cause a fire.
The recall, which extends through the 2007 edition, is the result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posting on its website that the Accord’s power steering hose can deteriorate with prolonged exposure to engine heat.
In addition to a cracked hose and loss of power-assisted steering, the problem could result in an engine fire in Accords V-6 engines. Honda has a report of one fire but no injuries or crashes.
For the past several years, the Honda Accord has been the country’s second-highes selling car, trailing only the Toyota Camry.
Honda will replace faulty without charge Accord owners who suspect their vehicle has the problem should make an appointment with a local dealership.
The faulty Accords add to a May recall of 53,000 Acura TL models from 2007 and 2008 with the same issue.