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Honda Recalls 1.2M Accords; Battery Sensors Can Catch Fire

All the fires were in states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter, reports say

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    Honda Recalls 1.2M Accords; Battery Sensors Can Catch Fire
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    In this February 26, 2016 file photo, a Honda Accord car is on display at the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand.

    Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord midsize cars because a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire.

    The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years. Honda says it has four reports of engine compartment fires due to the problem but no injuries. All the fires were in states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

    The company says the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery aren't properly sealed from moisture. Road salt can get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short. A shorted sensor can heat up and possibly catch fire.

    Dealers will inspect the sensors. Faulty ones will be replaced. Those without problems will get an adhesive sealant and will be replaced when parts are available.

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