Only two weeks removed from announcing the recall of approximately 180,000 vehicles because of at least 205 reports of unexpected braking, Honda Motor Company has issued a new statement regarding the recall of approximately 76,000 TSX sedans, this time due to stalling problems. The earlier 2013 recall involved 2005 Acura RL sedans and 2006 Acura MDX sports utility vehicles, making the TSX the third Acura model to be recalled this year due to serious concerns over manufacturing defects.
In this latest recall, the problem revolves around the potential for corrosion in the electronic control unit, which could lead to unexpected stalling. Included in the recall are TSX sedans with model-years 2004-2008 in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
While Acura didn’t reveal all of the states included in this recall in the company’s media statement, the greatest concern is with vehicles in colder states, as the corrosion can be caused by road salt and water. Basically, when the driver enters the vehicle, he can track ice and salt in on his shoes, allowing the ice to melt and water to collect on the floor of the vehicle. The ECU is located under the vehicle’s carpet on the front driver side, which means that the water and salt could ultimately leak onto the ECU’s metal case and cause corrosion, resulting in unexpected failure and stalling.
No accidents or injuries have been reported with this recall as of yet, but Honda and Acura are still recalling the TSX sedans in order to provide drivers with a water-resistant cover for the ECU case that will prevent corrosion from occurring. Drivers are urged to contact Acura representatives immediately at (800) 382-2238 in order to schedule the installation of their new ECU protective cover.