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Honda US to recall 1,082 fuel cell vehicles over faulty electric water pump

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will recall 1,082 vehicles in the U.S. over a faulty electric water pump that could result in unexpected loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash, according to a May 28 statement.

The recall, expected in early June, affects carmaker's Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles of the model year 2017-2018.

The Japanese carmaker said the electric water pump, which helps cool the fuel cell stack, may rust after extended contact with the cooling water, eventually becoming inoperable. If it fails, warning lights will appear on the dashboard, and the fuel cell stack will shut down to prevent overheating. This can lead to an unexpected loss of motive power, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

In the U.S., the Clarity Fuel Cell is exclusively available for lease in California. All affected vehicles will be repaired, for free, at one of the 12 authorized dealers in California.

Honda said it has received no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The company earlier recalled 137,598 vehicles in the U.S. with airbags that may either not inflate properly or that may suddenly deploy even without a crash.