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Honda recalls 1.15 million Accords over fire risk

Kentucky Honda owners should be aware that the automaker is recalling 1.15 million Accord models in the U.S. to fix a battery defect that could cause engine fires. The recall covers 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years.

According to Honda, the affected models have a 12-volt battery sensor that can short circuit or become eroded because it is inadequately shielded from moisture and other elements. Four engine fires have been linked to the problem. The automaker stated that it will send out notifications telling owners when they can take their vehicles to a local dealer for an inspection and free repair.

Due to the scale of the recall, battery sensors found to be in good condition will be temporarily repaired. However, Honda said that all affected vehicles will receive a permanent repair once enough replacement parts are manufactured. The automaker unveiled the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord in July.

Individuals who have been injured by a defective car or truck may have a viable product liability claim. Automotive product liability lawsuits are typically brought against automakers that produce vehicles with a faulty part or an unsafe design. For example, an automaker that sells an SUV that frequently rolls over may be vulnerable to product liability complaints. Likewise, an automaker that sells vehicles with a battery that can catch fire may also face lawsuits. Victims who successfully prove an automaker's negligence in court may be awarded a financial settlement that covers medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Victims could learn more about the process of filing a product liability lawsuit by consulting with an attorney.

Source: USA Today, "Honda recalling 1.5M Accord cars to prevent potential engine fires", Nathan Bomey, July 14, 2017

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