The last thing anyone wants to hear is that their vehicle has been recalled. Even if the problem is a minor one, it's a nuisance to make an appointment with the car dealer; and for most of us that's one more thing on our to-do list that we didn't want or need.
Now, Honda Accord owners whose vehicles were manufactured from 2003 through 2007,are learning that a faulty power steering hose can leak fluid and cause a fire. Honda has a report of one fire (with no injuries) and a recall has been issued. But that's not the bad news...
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. 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.
But, according to the LA Times, if you have one of these cars and you want to fix the problem now, you're out of luck. You'll have to wait until next year. That's because Honda doesn't have the parts.
The updated power steering hoses won’t be available until early 2013, Jerry Hirsch from the LA Times reports. Honda is sending out a notice to Accord owners telling them of the problem and describing the symptoms. Drivers who think their cars are affected should take them into the dealership for an “interim” repair, the automaker said. The most commonly reported symptom is a smell from the seeping fluid.
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.
When they do get the parts in, Honda says it will replace the faulty power steering hoses for free.
As bad as things may sound, many Honda owners remain prefectly satisfied with what they say are extremely reliable vehicles. In New York, for instance, banking executive Ed Heed says "My wife and I are satisfied with our Hondas. We own a 2008 Honda Pilot (approximately 62,000 miles) and a 2000 Honda Accord (approximately 102,000 miles). Both vehicles work as well as the day we drove them off of the dealer's lot. We do not intend on replacing either vehicle over the next five years. When it comes time to consider a new car we will consider other brands as the competition has gotten better although there is a good chance we will purchase another Honda product."
If you're a Honda owner, does the latest recall and parts shortage make you think twice, or, does your confidence in Honda remain strong? Let us know.