Honda is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrid sedans to address a software issue that may disable the cars' gasoline engines.

A defect in the cell voltage sensors (CVS) may leave a car only able to travel on battery power and limiting top speed to 40 mph.

The CVS "may not have sufficient electrical noise toughness," Honda says.

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This may result in the CVS reading electrical noise from the inverter and motor circuits--triggering a fail safe mode that disables the gasoline engine.

In addition to limiting the top speed, the Accord Hybrid's relatively small battery pack means drivers will likely run out of power within two miles.

Drivers should be able to notice the loss of power, and the car will issue audio and visual warnings as well.

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

No injuries related to this issue have been reported, Honda says.

It says the software flaw was discovered through the warranty claim process. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also received 58 complaints about the issue.

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The recall includes 6,786 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid sedans in the U.S.

The affected vehicles were built between August 29, 2013, and May 30, 2015.

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda dealers will update the software related to the CVS free of charge.

The carmaker will mail recall notices to owners beginning in early November. Owners can then make arrangements with dealers to have the work done.

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Owners can contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138, and ask about recall JT7.

In addition, recall information can also be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website under ID number 15V602000.


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