Honda Australia has recalled its Accord Sport Hybrid for a fault with the vehicle’s electric motor that could dramatically and suddenly reduce power.
Affecting 53 models in the 2015 model year, the fault is due to “electrical noise”, or interference in the Accord Sport Hybrid’s electric drive system.
The hybrid-powered version of the new Accord sedan is driven by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a two-motor electric system for a combined 146kW of power and 307Nm of torque.
Although three driving modes are featured with the Accord Sport Hybrid, the fault specified in this recall means that the vehicle may switch unexpectedly to a fail-safe EV Mode while cruising at highway speeds.
The system will display visual and audio warnings in the process, and, importantly, power steering and braking will remain enabled.
In fail-safe EV mode, the vehicle’s hybrid system disables the petrol engine, bringing a sudden loss of power and a maximum speed of 60km/h. The vehicle will also only be able to drive for a short period before the battery discharges completely and the vehicle is brought to a stop.
Honda has not detailed what sort of driving time owners should expect in this situation, although the hybrid-focused Accord Sport Hybrid’s EV Mode lists an official driving range of just 2 kilometres.
The company notes that the sudden loss of power could pose an accident hazard to the driver and other road users.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail.
Affected VIN ranges:
MRHCR6630FP020005 - MRHCR6630FP020011
MRHCR6630FP020013 - MRHCR6630FP020019
MRHCR6630FP020021 - MRHCR6630FP020022
MRHCR6630FP020024 - MRHCR6630FP020060