The Honda Accord Hybrid is being subjected to a recall because of a software glitch which can make it switch into the “fail-safe mode”.
According to the car manufacturer, there are a total of 6,786 units of the Honda Accord Hybrid which are encountering an issue with their software. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that these affected vehicles might enter fail-safe mode and this means that the internal combustion unit will fail and the electric motor will be the only one functioning. However, if this happens, the battery will provide juice for approximately 2 miles and top speed will be limited to 40 mph, so the car will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
“Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode, disabling the gasoline engine, limiting the vehicle’s speed to 40 miles per hour and functioning only on battery power. Once the battery is discharged, the vehicle will stall”, says the NHTSA in its Recall Summary of the problem.
The affected Honda Accord Hybrid vehicles are from the 2014 and 2015 model years and they have been produced between the 29th of August, 2013, and the 30th of May, 2015. The midsized vehicles will be getting a software update on the hybrid system, free of charge from the dealers. Owners of these affected models will be notified by Honda and the recall should begin on the 6th of November. Meanwhile, owners can contact the Honda Customer Service at 1-888-234-2138 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more details on the subject.