Honda Motor Co. will recall its 603,000 Accord vehicles due to a
problem with the power steering hoses, which could leak and
possibly catch fire.
According to the company, the recall affects 2003-2007 Accord V6
models sold in the US and Canada, Xinhua reported Monday.
Although Honda said no crashes or injuries had been reported so
far, the automaker said the power steering hose in the Accord
could wear over time to develop a fluid leak.
Leaking fluid could possibly lead to a loss of power steering
capability, or cause smoke or fire if released onto a catalytic
Honda said that in a study of six vehicle hoses, the hoses showed
signs of heat damage, with a June engine fire also reported in a
According to Honda, new power steering hoses used to repair the
problem will not be available until early 2013 due to a new change
in rubber hose material.
Until then, Accord owners should monitor power steering
performance and, if there is an issue, take their vehicles to a
Honda dealer for temporary repair.
Monday's recall is an expansion of a Honda May recall concerning
52,615 Acura TL 2007-2008 sedans, which faced a similar power
steering hose leak problem.