Honda avoids recall in Accord steering investigation

Honda avoids recall in Accord steering investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation into reports of steering problems with the 2013 Honda Accord.

The agency had received at least 57 complaints alleging loss of power steering. The problems were blamed for several accidents, all occurring at speeds of less than 30 mph and without causing any injuries.

Honda identified two manufacturing deficiencies that may have affected the quality of some steering torque sensors used in the Accord’s electronic power-steering system. An analysis of the NHTSA reports and warranty claims found that only a small number of parts were affected and the supplier resolved the issue early in the production process.

“Analysis of warranty data indicates that both conditions were early-life failure concerns and most of the affected sensors have already failed, resulting in a cumulative failure rate of less than 0.2 percent,” the investigation documents note.

With six reported failures in 2013, a dozen in 2014 and just two in 2015, the NHTSA agreed that the failure rate was low and on a declining trend. Consequently, the agency did not push for a recall.

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