The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the electric power steering of 2013 Honda Accord vehicles. This comes after reports of sudden power steering failure and subsequent increased steering efforts were reached by NHTSA. There have been complaints of at least four accidents occurring as a result of the problem. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation says it has received 24 complaints about the power steering in the 2013 Accord model, leading it to initiate the investigation on Nov. 4. About 374,000 vehicles will be affected by the investigation, according to NHTSA.
A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect. Honda Motor Co. told Law360 that the company “will cooperate with NHTSA through the investigation process” and that it is conducting an internal review of the available information. According to NHTSA, the complaints allege loss of power steering and sudden increase in steering effort in the affected cars. Each of the four crashes related to the issue occurred at speeds of less than 30 miles per hour, according to NHTSA.
NHTSA said that more than half of the complaints also indicated that a power steering warning message went off just as the failure occurred. Some of the complaints say that the condition was corrected by restarting the vehicle, with others saying the issue returned after the vehicle was restarted. Early warning reporting by Honda also detailed similar issues, according to NHTSA.
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