All 2003 to 2007 Honda Accords with V6 engines have been recalled due to problems related to their power steering hose. The same recall is in effect for all 2007 and 2008 Honda Acura TL sedans.
The power steering hose in Honda Accords and Acura TL sedans can deteriorate prematurely. This deterioration is due to prolonged exposure to high heat from the power steering fluid and under-hood actions. The power steering hose can develop cracks, which allow the fluid to leak. The power steering fluid may drop onto a hot catalytic converter, resulting in smoke and possible fire.
The recall affects roughly 625,760 vehicles, as of 2015. Honda sent out a notification to all affected vehicle owners. Those owners can take their affected vehicles to a nearby dealership where a new heat-resistant power steering hose is installed at no cost.
The 2007 and 2008 Honda Acura TL sedans were the first vehicles recalled, starting in June 2012. Due to limited parts availability, the affected 2003 to 2007 Honda Accord models were not immediately recalled. However, the project was slated to be completed by the middle of 2013.
As of 2015, more-recent Honda recalls relate to the deployment of air bags. The affected vehicles are the 2001 Accord, 2004 Civic and 2008 Pilot vehicles. The replacement procedure is the same for the vehicle owner as for the power steering fluid hose.