The 2007 Honda Accord V6 sedan

Over a half million Honda Accords recalled for power steering fire risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of over 572,000 Honda Accord sedans over a concern that a high pressure power steering fluid line could leak and lead to an engine bay fire – adding these vehicles to the 52,615 Acura TL models recalled earlier this year for the same issue.

This new Honda Accord power steering fluid line recall pertains to those vehicles from the 2003 through 2007 model years that were equipped with the V6 engine option. In these Honda sedans, a combination of high engine bay temperatures and high power steering fluid temperatures could lead to premature deterioration of a pressurized power steering fluid line. Should this line deteriorate to the point where it begins to leak, the power steering fluid spraying around the engine bay could come in contact with something very hot (like any portion of the exhaust system). When this happens, there could be an excessive amount of smoke coming from under the hood and in the worst case situations – an engine bay fire could occur. 573,147 examples of the 2003-2007 Honda Accord are affected in the US alone.


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As the owner of a 2006 Honda Accord, I received a recall notice in March 2013. However, since 2009 I have been experiencing a high whining noise from the steering components when the vehicle is cold on a cold day AND the wheel was very hard to turn. My Tempe AZ Honda service records reflect my complaint as far back as 2009. We always had to add power steering fluid because it was literally disappearing within weeks. Our service advisor did not recommend any repairs or replacements for the system until JULY 2012 when they replaced the high pressure power steering hose due to a leak. Between July 2012 and April 2013 our Accord had almost NO POWERSTEERING performance. In April 2013, HONDA sent "recall replacement parts" to Tempe Honda for the repairs (again!) We brought our car in and the service advisor said we need to replace our powersteering pump because the pump has low pressure. He then stated it could not be rebuilt (one of the options he gave us before when he knew the stsyem had low pressure) and we have to buy a new pump. We asked our service advisor if HONDA would assist in the replacement repair due to the cause of the failure of the HIGH PRESSURE HOSE and the effect of the leaking hose leading to the failure of the pump. Can you believe HONDA claims there is absolutely no way that the high pressure hose failure has ANYTHING to do with the CAUSE OF FAILURE toTHE POWER STEERING PUMP. The failure identified as "NOT ENOUGH PRESSURE" and that's why the pump failed. Are you kidding me?? What a joke. HONDA and TEMPE HONDA SERVICE DEPT IN ARIZONA are both DENYING any respinsibility to their customers regarding the subsequent part failures as a reult of their DEFECTIVE HOSES.