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Acura RL Recalls

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02/16/18 Honda (american honda motor co.) is recalling certain 2010-2012 acura rl, 2010 honda element, and 2010-2013 honda ridgeline vehicles ever registered in the states of alabama, california, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas, puerto rico, american samoa, guam, the northern mariana islands (saipan), and the u.s. virgin islands or "zone a." additionally, honda is recalling certain 2010 acura rl, 2010-2011 honda element and honda ridgeline vehicles ever registered in the states of arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia or "zone b." if not included in zones a or b above, honda is recalling certain 2009 acura rl, honda element, and honda ridgeline vehicles ever registered in the states of alaska, colorado, connecticut, idaho, iowa, maine, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, new hampshire, new york, north dakota, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, wisconsin, and wyoming or "zone c." these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to higher absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. the recall began february 16, 2018. owne

02/22/17 Honda (american honda motor co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 honda cr-v, 2011-2015 cr-z, 2010-2014 fcx, and insight, 2009-2013 fit, 2013-2014 fit ev, 2007-2014 ridgeline, 2013-2016 acura ilx, 2013-2014 acura ilx hybrid, 2007-2016 rdx, 2005-2012 acura rl, 2009-2014 acura tl, and 2010-2013 acura zdx vehicles. the affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. the recall began march 2017. owners may contact honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. honda's numbers for this recall are jy0, jy1, and jy2.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
04/22/13 Honda is recalling certain model year 2005 pilot vehicles manufactured july 29, 2004, through august 29, 2005; model year 2005-2006 acura mdx vehicles manufactured september 16, 2004, through september 22, 2005; and model year 2005 acura rl vehicles manufactured march 1, 2004, through june 29, 2005. an electrical capacitor may have been damaged during the manufacturing of the vehicle stability assist (vsa) control module causing intermittent, automatic, minor brake application. however, if the driver applies the brakes while the vsa is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop. additionally, due to a loose ground connection, certain model year 2005 pilots have a vsa system that may apply partial brake force, without the illumination of the brake lights, whether or not the driver is using the brakes.

Sudden inadvertent braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Owners will be notified and instructed to take their vehicles to a dealer of their respective brand. the dealer will install a partial wiring harness containing a capacitor for the vsa modulator, free of charge. the affected model year 2005 pilots will have their ground connection tightened. the recall began on april 22, 2013. honda owners may contact honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009, and select option 4 or go to www.recalls.honda.com; acura owners may contact 1-800-382-2238, and select option 4, or go to www.recalls.acura.com.

Honda's recall campaign numbers are s87, s88, and s89.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
12/31/10 Honda is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 odyssey and acura rl vehicles. brake fluid containing polymers is used that acts as a lubricant for certain brake system components. if replacement brake fluid is used that does not contain such polymers, or that contains only small amounts, a part of the rubber seal located at the rear of the brake master cylinder may become dry, and the seal may curl during movement of the piston. if this occurs, a small amount of brake fluid could slowly leak from the seal into the brake booster.

A leak of brake fluid could lead to a change in brake pedal feel and overtime a degradation in braking performance increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder seal free of charge. the recall is expected to begin during december 2010. owners may contact honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Safety recall no. r51 honda r52 acura.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
12/12/07 On certain passenger vehicles, prolonged high under-hood temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate prematurely causing the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid.

Power steering fluid leaking onto a hot catalytic converter will generate smoke and possibly lead to an under-hood fire.

Dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose free of charge. the recall began on december 12, 2007. owners may contact honda at 800-382-2238.

Honda recall no. q65.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
08/02/06 On certain passenger vehicles and motorcycles, the owner's manuals contain incorrect contact information for the national highway traffic safety administration's (nhtsa) vehicle safety hotline.

The language in the owner's manuals is not in accordance with the current mandatory requirements.

Honda will send a postcard to dealers and owners with the correct nhtsa vehicle safety hotline information and with instructions to insert the card into the "reporting safety defects" section of the owner's manual. the recall began on august 2, 2006. owners may contact honda at 1-800-999-1009, acura at 1-800-382-2238 or honda motorcycles at 1-866-784-1870.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
05/16/02 On certain passenger vehicles, during the manufacturing process, oil was applied to the brake pedal assembly to prevent rust. this oil can leak into the brake stop switch and contaminate the electrical contacts.

Eventually, the brake lights will not illuminate when the brakes are applied, which increases the risk of a crash.

Dealers will clean any excess oil from the pedal assembly and replace the stop switch. owner notification began may 16, 2002. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
04/02/07 Engine On certain vehicles, a coil wire inside the fuel pump relay may break, causing the fuel pump to lose power. if the fuel pump becomes inoperative, the engine may not start.

If the fuel pump loses power while driving, the engine could stall without warning, and a crash could occur.

Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump relay free of charge. the recall began on april 2, 2007. owners may contact honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Honda recall no. q37 and q38.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
04/22/13 Brakes and Traction Control Honda is recalling certain model year 2005 pilot vehicles manufactured july 29, 2004, through august 29, 2005; model year 2005-2006 acura mdx vehicles manufactured september 16, 2004, through september 22, 2005; and model year 2005 acura rl vehicles manufactured march 1, 2004, through june 29, 2005. an electrical capacitor may have been damaged during the manufacturing of the vehicle stability assist (vsa) control module causing intermittent, automatic, minor brake application. however, if the driver applies the brakes while the vsa is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop. additionally, due to a loose ground connection, certain model year 2005 pilots have a vsa system that may apply partial brake force, without the illumination of the brake lights, whether or not the driver is using the brakes.

Sudden inadvertent braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Owners will be notified and instructed to take their vehicles to a dealer of their respective brand. the dealer will install a partial wiring harness containing a capacitor for the vsa modulator, free of charge. the affected model year 2005 pilots will have their ground connection tightened. the recall began on april 22, 2013. honda owners may contact honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009, and select option 4 or go to www.recalls.honda.com; acura owners may contact 1-800-382-2238, and select option 4, or go to www.recalls.acura.com.

Honda's recall campaign numbers are s87, s88, and s89.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/26/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning American honda motor co. (honda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 honda civic, 2003-2004 civic cng and element, 2002-2005 cr-v, 2002-2004 odyssey, 2003-2005 accord, pilot, civic hybrid, and acura mdx, 2005 acura rl and 2006 honda ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in alabama, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas, puerto rico, u.s. virgin islands, saipan, guam, and american samoa are addressed by this recall. upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger?s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. the recall began january 26, 2015. owners may contact honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.note: this recall supersedes safety recall 14v-353, with the exception of vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in california.those vehicles will continue to be addressed, and a free remedy provided, under that safety recall campaign.this recall also includes vehicles in the specific geographic areas listed above that were included within safety recalls 13v-132 and 14v-349.
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09/12/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning American honda motor company, inc.'s (honda) is conducting a limited regional recall for certain model year 2003-2005 accord, civic, cr-v, pilot and acura mdx, model year 2003-2004 odyssey and element, and model year 2005 acura rl, and 2006 honda ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in california, and equipped with takata-brand air bag inflators. upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger?s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin during august 2014. owners may contact honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Acura RL Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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