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.
Over the past two decades, some of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers have worked to perfect what is known as the electric stability control system in their vehicles. Basically, this specialized computer system acts as a second driver for the vehicle in the sense that if the driver loses control, or if the computer senses loss of traction or anything out of the ordinary and therefore dangerous, the car will automatically apply the brakes to help the driver regain control and move the vehicle to safety.
When it comes to reporting on automobile recalls and manufacturing defects, only one side of the story is usually told – the problem with the vehicles. What is typically ignored is just how many people actually realize that their car is affected by a potentially dangerous issue and that they need to either contact the company or dealership and have their car repaired. After all, automobile recalls are only effective if they reach the consumers. But what would happen if a car company announced a massive recall and the response rate was 100%?
Acura Power Steering Hose Leak
An Acura press release recently reported that the company is recalling 56,881 model years 2007 and 2008 TL sedans due to a power steering hose which can potentially leak over time, posing a fire risk. 4,266 of these vehicles are located in Canada, while the remaining vehicles are in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a voluntary recall by the American Honda Motor Company of certain model 2010 Acura MDX sports utility vehicle. The models in question were manufactured between October 7 and November 14 of 2009. The NHTSA and Honda/Acura urge consumers who may have purchased one of these models to bring it to an area dealership immediately to remedy the production flaw.