The Japanese based automaker Honda has recently announced a recall for the 2003-2007 Accord equipped with V6 engine because of a power steering fluid leak which can lead to a fire.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 573,147 units of the 2003-2007 Honda Accord model equipped with the V6 engine will have to be taken back to the dealers because of a power steering fluid leak which can cause a fire under the hood. The NHTSA says that the latest recall is an expansion of an earlier one which involved the 2007-2009 Acura TL model and this is raising the number of affected vehicles to 625,762 in the United States.
“Over time, exposure to high under-hood and power steering fluid temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate and develop a fluid leak. Leaking power steering fluid could lead to loss of power steering assistance or, if it leaks onto a catalytic converter, it may result in smoke, or in the worst case, fire”, as Honda says in a statement.
No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this recall according to the car manufacturer but the worst part is yet to come. The parts required in order to fix the recalled Accord V6 models won’t be available until early 2013. Honda says that the replacement parts for the Accord are different than the ones for the Acura TL. Owners of the Accord V6 are advised to contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.