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A power steering fluid hose may develop a leak. Leaking fluid can drip onto the catalytic converter resulting in smoke and possibly an under-hood fire.
Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning June 15, 2012. If you are experiencing a burning smell and/or excess smoke from under the hood, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Prolonged under-hood and power steering fluid temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate resulting in cracks and power steering fluid leakage. Power steering fluid can leak onto the catalytic converter leading to smoke and possibly an under-hood fire. Dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S39.