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Over 200,000 Honda Accord Models Recalled Over Dangerous Corrosion Issue

Honda has always had a trustworthy and well-deserved reputation. Consumer Reports has even named the automobile company as the most reliable brand on the market in 2019. Over the years, Honda has released some of the most impressive and top-of-the-line numbers. The Civic, Pilot, and S800 have all been recognized as some of Honda’s greatest models and developments. The Honda Accord can also be found on that list, according to AutoGuide, but more recently, some troubling news related to the model has surfaced. Take a closer look at the popular models and find out why some of the 2013-2015 Honda Accord models are being recalled. 

A look back at the past Honda Accord models

Overall, the 2013 Accord model was a hit. When the midsize sedan was tested on the road Consumer Reports gave the 2013 Honda Accord a perfect score. On top of that, the 2013 model received a five out of five in regard to reliability. Not much had changed with the 2014 Accord, and the well-priced car continued to receive positive attention. As one driver from New York simply put it on Consumer Reports, “It is a good value for the ride, handling, and acceleration.” 

The 2015 Honda Accord incorporated subtle changes like allowing drivers to more easily access and use in-car electronics. Following its predecessors, the model was even acknowledged as one of the safest sedans of 2015. However, unfortunately, not every Accord model was holding up to the same standard. 

What recall is there for the Honda Accord

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It is hard to believe that 2013 was 8 years ago, and it may be even harder to believe that Honda just recently revealed a recall relating to the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Accord models. It began back in 2017 when one Accord driver reported a broken driveshaft. Soon after, Honda began to realize this wasn’t an isolated incident. This led Honda to launch an investigation, and they made some unsettling discoveries.

The automobile company realized that the 2013-2015 Accord models were the only ones being affected by this issue. From there, Honda was able to trace the damage that some driveshafts were experiencing back to a specific form of lubricant that was used to put the vehicle together. Honda Accord drivers everywhere may be concerned, but, oddly enough, only drivers in certain states need to worry. 

That is because it’s only states that use salt on the roads to counteract inclement and cold winter weather that are at risk. According to Car Complaints, the recall will officially begin in February and potentially effects Accord drivers in New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Vermont, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, New Hampshire, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. 

When the Accord models are forced to interact with the sodium chloride on the roads, the safety precaution backfires and causes very dangerous damage to the vehicle. The salt causes the lubricant to begin to erode and lose its abilities. One consequence of the issue could result in the Accords’ inability to stay put while parked and a lack of ability to move in forward motion. 

What other Honda models are being recalled?

Unfortunately, the Accord isn’t the only model experiencing difficulties with the drive shafts. In total, around 430,000 Honda models are included in this mass recall for separate issues. The Honda Accord was just one of the cars affected, according to Consumer Affairs.

Drivers turn to and trust the professionals to design and create vehicles that are aesthetically pleasing, work well, and, of course, are safe. It goes without saying that Honda was probably less than pleased with the problem, but drivers everywhere are happy to see Honda taking action and making this issue right.