Honda is recalling 1.2 million vehicles for flaming batteries

Honda Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Over Air Bag Issue
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Honda is hitting its U.S. customers with yet another recall—this time over flaming batteries.

The Japanese firm announced on Thursday that it would recall nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles produced between 2013 and 2016, after receiving multiple reports of the cars’ battery sensors causing fires in the engine.

The sensors, which notify drivers when there is a problem with the battery, may not be “sufficiently sealed” against moisture, the company said.

As a result, substances like road salt can enter the sensor and cause it to short, potentially leading to fires.

“There have been no reported injuries related to these incidents,” Honda added.

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Honda — along with its luxury car brand Acura — is already the worst-hit automaker from the industry’s biggest recall in U.S. history, with millions of its vehicles affected by exploding Takata airbags.

The car company confirmed yet another death linked to an exploding airbag earlier this week, taking the total number of American fatalities to 12 in addition to several others worldwide.

Honda said it will start notifying Accord owners affected by the latest battery recall by the end of this month.

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Why Now Is A Great Time To Buy A Used Car

In the market to buy a new car? Before you go out and start shopping for the latest model, you might want to think about a “new-to-you” option.

Car dealerships are about to see a massive influx of lease cars turned in. What does that mean for you? Big savings on low-mileage cars that are only three or four years old.

Leased Cars Are Being Returned

More than 3.3 million cars came off lease in 2016. That represents a 33 percent jump in off-lease cars returning to dealerships, according to J.D. Power.

And in 2017, an additional 3.5 million cars are slated for return.

But why the sudden jump in off-lease cars on the market?

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After the Great Recession, people were wary of taking out auto loans, so they leased instead.

Plus, as new cars have gotten more expensive (new car prices climbed 13 percent in the past 5 years), leases have made cars more affordable to consumers.

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