July 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Honda, Subaru issue new recalls

2013 Acura ILX (Honda)

Washington —Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it is recalling 14,000 Acura 2013-2014 ILX and ILX hybrid vehicles because the Japanese automaker said they could catch fire for a headlight issue.

The recall comes after Honda received a report of a fire in November from a dealership in Boulder, Colorado, after a car that was left idling for two hours to recharge a battery caught fire. Honda dealers will replace the halogen projector headlight assembly in the recalled vehicles.

Honda said the headlights have higher than normal temperatures around the bulb and reflector unit while the vehicle is not in motion. In certain use conditions, higher temperatures may damage the reflector unit, potentially diminishing the output of the headlight. “During extreme usage, such as idling the vehicle without moving for extended duration (hours) with the headlights on, the headlights can overheat causing smoke, melting and in the worst case, fire,” Honda said.

Honda notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 13 of the recall; the agency didn’t post the notice of the recall until Tuesday.

Honda said separately it is expanding an air bag recall to cover about 3 million vehicles, up from a previous estimate of more than 2 million vehicles.

Honda was one of seven major automakers — including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Toyota Motor Corp. — that said last month they will repair vehicles linked to faulty air bags that could explode and cause serious injuries. An eighth automaker, Subaru of America, said Tuesday it is recalling about 8,500 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles and some 2004 Impreza vehicles for the same issue linked to faulty Takata air bags.

Honda initially said it will fix more than 2 million vehicles in the United States in three separate recalls. It said it is aware of one claimed injury involving a driver’s front air bag. Honda is now adding California to the largest recall, accounting for the increase.