• Recall affects 2003-2007 Honda Accords with V6 engines.
  • The power steering hose could leak, potentially causing a fire.
  • 573,147 vehicles are included in the recall.

Honda expanded an existing recall of the Acura TL to include more than half a million Accord models. The effort is aimed at inspecting and replacing power steering hoses that, after prolonged exposure to high heat, might deteriorate and leak. Due to limited parts availability, the latest Honda recall might take until early next year to resolve.

Earlier this year, Honda began an investigation to determine if the power steering hose in the Accord might suffer the same, heat-related issues that plagued the Acura TL. During the time of the investigation, an engine fire in an Accord was determined to have been caused by a power steering fluid leak. With an analysis by its parts supplier, Honda determined that premature deterioration of the power steering hose caused by exposure to high temperatures was to blame for the fire and that sample hoses from other Accord vehicles were also faulty.

Honda then expanded the recall to include 573,147 V6-powered Accords. Model years from 2003 to 2007 are affected. Dealers will inspect and repair the hoses at no charge. The automaker will begin the initial notification of owners later this month.

Due to the limited availability of suitable replacement parts and the long-term nature of the problem, Honda's remedy will occur in two phases. Honda dealers will immediately replace hoses in vehicles that are leaking fluid already but will use a component made with the original material. When a suitable replacement part is available early next year, those hoses will again be replaced but with a component that is not susceptible to premature deterioration. Honda will wait until the long-lasting hose is available to remedy those vehicles that are not currently leaking power steering fluid.

Used car shoppers who intend to purchase a 2003-2007 V6-powered Accord should be sure that the vehicle has been inspected under the recall. Even if no leak is present, affected vehicles should be taken in to a Honda dealer to have the repair performed once the second notification is underway early in 2013.

Automotive recalls help to keep drivers, passengers and others on the nation's roads safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handles all automotive recalls. More information about this Honda recall is available on the NHTSA website, SaferCar.gov. Alternately, owners may call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and reference campaign S59 for inspection or S60 for remedy.

What it means to you: Used car shoppers interested in 2003-2007 V6-powered Accords should be sure that inspections and repairs recommended under this recall have been performed. If not, a Honda dealer can handle the work at no charge.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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