2013 Honda Accord Recalled To Replace Fuel Tank


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    2013 Honda Accord Picture

    Honda is recalling 1,659 Honda Accords in the U.S. to replace defective fuel tanks. | July 19, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Honda is recalling 1,659 2013 Honda Accords in the U.S. to replace defective fuel tanks.
  • The fuel tanks in the affected Accords may not seal properly at a connection point on the top of the tank, creating the risk of a fuel leak.
  • "There is a small risk of fire if someone introduced such a source like a fire, cigarette, etc.," wrote Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman, in response to a query from Edmunds on Thursday.

TORRANCE, California — Honda is recalling 1,659 2013 Honda Accords in the U.S. to replace defective fuel tanks, according to the company.

The fuel tanks in the affected Accords may not seal properly at a connection point on the top of the tank, creating the risk of a fuel leak.

"There are no combustion sources at the rear of the vehicle to ignite fuel, but there is a small risk of fire if someone introduced such a source like a fire, cigarette, etc.," wrote Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds on Thursday. "There have been no reports of significant fuel leakage in relation to this issue."

Honda said in a statement that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem, which was discovered during warranty repairs.

Martin said the problem was "discovered as dealers attempted to resolve check-engine lights prompted by the fuel tank attempting to pressurize itself for OBD2 evaporative emission self-checks."

He said there is a "small risk of an actual liquid fuel leak from the top of the tank if the customer overfilled the tank or during a 'fuel-sloshing event,' but it would likely be a small amount, given the size of the potential gap where the fuel pump screws into the tank."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not posted any information about the Accord recall on its Web site.

Honda dealers will replace the fuel tanks in the affected Accords.

The recall will begin on August 2. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Edmunds says: Honda says owners of the affected Accords should take their vehicles into an authorized dealer as soon as they receive their recall notice.

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