Honda Recalls 1995-97 Accords to Fix Air Conditioner Wiring
16 September 1998Honda Recalling Certain 1995-97 Accord Models
TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 16 -- Honda is recalling certain 1995-97 Accord models to check the routing of the air conditioner wiring harness and re-route or replace the harness if necessary, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The wiring harness may have been improperly routed during installation, allowing some wires to rub against each other. These wires may eventually wear through, causing a short circuit. In most cases this results in a blown fuse, dead battery or malfunction of the air conditioner. In some cases the short circuit could cause the underhood wiring to overheat and smoke and in an extreme case, an engine compartment fire may develop. There have been no deaths, injuries or accidents reported to American Honda as a result of an improperly installed wiring harness. Approximately 968,000 4-cylinder LX, EX and SE Accord sedan, coupe and station wagon models are affected. The wires in about half of the recalled models may have been improperly routed. Accord DX and V6 models are not affected as they have a different wiring harness. All recalled models will be inspected for proper harness routing. Any harness that was improperly routed will be inspected for damage and the routing corrected. If any wire insulation is worn through and the copper wire exposed, the harness will be replaced. Dealers will also install several pieces of plastic tubing in each vehicle to protect the harness. Honda will begin sending letters of notification to owners in early October. Repairs to affected vehicles will be performed free of charge at authorized Honda dealers.