2013 Honda Accord Recalled For Fuel Tank Defect

July 19, 2013

Honda says it will recall some 2013 Honda Accord sedans in the U.S. to fix a potentially defective fuel tank.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 1,659. Affected vehicles were built from January 15, 2013 through April 5, 2013.

The NHTSA bulletin and documentation from Honda (PDF) say that Accords affected are those with Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) II rated.

2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan

2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan

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The problem

At issue is a potential out-of-specification fuel tank neck that causes the fuel tank to improperly seal. Compromised sealing integrity may lead to the check engine light illuminating.

Honda says that a fuel smell may also be present or “possibly a fuel leak during refueling or after a fuel slosh event.”  A fuel leak increases the risk of fire.

The automaker has received 116 warranty claims as of June 12, 2013, but no reports of any fires, crashes or injuries related to this issue. Dealers discovered the problem during warranty repairs.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel tank, the nut and O-ring. The service will be performed at no charge.

The Honda safety recall campaign, identified as No. JA9, is expected to begin August 1, 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Honda Accords with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009, pressing option number 4. Owners may also go to www.recalls.honda.com.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V297000.

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