Honda Recalls Over 100K Hybrids Owing To Fire Risks

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co HMC is recalling over 100,000 hybrid vehicles in the U.S. citing fire risks.

What Happened: The company said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the 12-volt battery cables outside the Honda CR-V Hybrid’s body frame do not contain a fuse on the power circuit, thereby increasing the risk of short-circuiting if the vehicle is involved in a crash. The battery cable can subsequently overheat and increase the risk of fire or injury.

The company has had 2 warranty claims related to the issue but no injuries or deaths as of Dec. 6.

As a remedy, dealers will replace the battery cable free of cost to the consumer.

Recall Process: The company is only recalling model year 2020-2022 CR-V SUVs. Starting in June 2022, Honda began applying fuses to production vehicles in light of a May 2021 crash where a short circuit occurred. The company then deemed it to be a rare occurrence.

However, after another incident in August 2022, the company investigated again and determined the existence of a motor vehicle safety issue and decided to issue a recall, it said.

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