Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) will recall over 2 million vehicles worldwide over problems that cause smoke or fire in the engine.
The automaker had reportedly received 3,972 warranty claims for the issue in the United States alone and will recall around 1.2 million vehicles currently being used stateside, with a further million or so being recalled around the globe. The problem arises from a sensor in the engine that tells the driver of the engine’s current state, helping know when to check it over and replace, but due to the sensor being insufficiently sealed from the elements it has been known to short circuit and sometimes lead to fire. The possibility of road salt or moisture getting into the sensor is increasingly clear in more northern countries, as they rely more heavily on salting their roads during snowfall.
The vehicles, Honda Accords from 2013 to 2016, will need to be brought into a dealer, where the technicians will check over the sensor and replace if need be, for free. The sheer mass of the cars recalled however, will make it harder for Honda to do this speedily, with new sensors having to be built, shipped and then installed in around 2 million vehicles. News of this recall comes on the heels of Honda recalling their cars for exploding airbags manufactured by Tanaka. With continual problems like this, Honda may well lose ground in the automotive market, especially with Tesla and Volvo making waves with more affordable electric cars.