Cars built between 2013 and 2016 are affected.
Honda has issued a safety recall that applies to approximately 1.15 million examples of the Accord registered in the United States.
The affected cars are all built between 2013 and 2016. The Japanese company explains four engine compartment fires have been reported in the U.S., though luckily none have caused injuries. An investigation revealed the cause of the fires is the 12-volt battery sensor, which is located on the negative battery cable in the engine compartment. It monitors the battery's state of charge and warns the driver if it detects a problem. The sensor isn't properly sealed, so road salt can find its way in and cause an electrical short.
The cars that went up in flames were all located in the "salt belt" area, but Honda is recalling Accords nationwide to be on the safe side. The company will get in touch with owners of affected cars by mail starting later this month. They'll need to take their car to the nearest Honda dealer and get the sensor tested by a technician.
If it's functioning properly, the car will receive a clean bill of health. If it's not, dealers will fix the problem temporarily by applying adhesive to the sensor to prevent moisture from getting in. A new sensor will be installed as soon as Honda receives the required parts, which could take a while due to the large number of cars affected.