Torrance, CA – January 14, 2021 – Honda Motor Company (NYSE:HMC) has recalled 27,838 vehicles due to an issue that may prevent the 12-volt battery from recharging properly. If the battery does not recharge, the vehicle may lose power. The recall includes:
- 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid SUVs
- 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid sedans
- 2020-2021 Honda Insight hybrid sedans
The 12-volt battery provides backup power for electrically-powered vehicles. If the vehicle’s hybrid battery is depleted, the 12-volt battery serves as an additional power source.
An excess amount of fuel additives and cold temperatures can cause “overvoltage” of a power converter unit (PCU), which powers these cars’ 12-volt battery. This may prevent that battery from recharging and may drain the car battery. Drivers may be alerted to the possibility of that happening when the 12-volt battery warning light is illuminated, and a warning message is displayed.
If both the hybrid battery and the 12-volt battery are depleted, the vehicle may lose all power, which increases the risk of a crash.
While there have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue, there have been 53 warranty claims and 65 field reports as of December 10, 2020.
The loss of battery power creates a number of risks:
- Drivers may not be able to accelerate to enter a traffic lane or to avoid other vehicles and prevent an accident.
- If the vehicle loses power on a highway or at higher speeds, it is at risk of getting hit.
- The driver and occupants may be stranded in extreme weather in a vehicle with no power.
To fix the issue, dealers will need to update the software in the PCU. The repair is free of charge. Honda expects the recall to begin on February 25, 2021.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 27,800 vehicles are included in this Honda Accord recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.