Honda is recalling 6,786 2014-15 Accord Hybrids, manufactured August 29, 2013 to May 30, 2015, due to the engine switching to fail-safe mode.
What happens is electrical interference is misinterpreted by the hybrid software system, causing it to disable the gasoline engine. The car can only run for about 2 miles at 40mph in fail-safe mode (battery only), then stalls, increasing the risk of a crash.
Honda will start notifying affected owners, with the recall expected to start November 6, 2015. Owners may also contact Honda at (888) 234-2138. Honda’s recall number is JT7.
Another automaker, Mazda, has issued a stop sale and stop delivery for approximately 14,270 Mazda 3 (2015-16) models in the US and 136 in Puerto Rico, built from May 21, 2015 to August 24, 2015, due to a defect in the fuel shut-off valve.
Fuel can get into the charcoal emissions canister. The check engine light may come on, and if the charcoal canister capacity is exceeded by fuel, a leak could occur, which increases the risk of fire and/or engine stall.
Mazda will be notifying affected owners via mail by early October. Recall notices will have instructions and even offer rides to the dealer for those who don’t want to drive their recalled Mazda 3 there. Click here for more information.
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