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Honda Accord

DETROIT — Honda is recalling 600,000 Accord midsize cars to fix a faulty power steering hose that can leak fluid and cause a fire.

The recall affects Accords with V-6 engines from the 2003-07 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a posting on its Web site that the power steering hose can deteriorate with prolonged exposure to engine heat.

The hoses can crack and leak, possibly causing a fire or loss of power-assisted steering, the documents said.

Honda will replace the hoses for free, but it won’t have the parts available until early next year. Owners who suspects a leak should take their car to a dealer for inspection, Honda said.

The company that makes the hoses had to ramp up manufacturing to make them because the affected cars are more than five model years old and the hoses were out of production

Chevy, Pontiac, Saturn

DETROIT — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 40,000 cars sold in warm-weather states because a plastic part might crack and cause a fuel leak.

The company is recalling 2007-09 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans and 2007 Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent SUVs and Saturn Ion sedans.

The plastic parts connected to the fuel pump could crack. If the crack gets large enough, fuel could leak out of the car and cause a fire.

The company began investigating in 2011 after a dealer reported fuel leaking from some cars. GM says its warranty data indicate that the problem is far more common in warm-weather states. It will repair the vehicles for free in those states. Owners will be notified of the recall by mail.

The company plans to contact owners in other states offering a free repair within a limited time.

– Associated Press


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