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Acura TL Recalls

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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.
06/15/12 Honda is recalling certain model year 2007 and 2008 acura tl and model year 2003-2007 accord v6 vehicles. in may 2012, honda filed a defect report to recall certain model year 2007 and 2008 acura tl vehicles. in september 2012, honda informed the agency that it was including an additional 573,147 vehicles including certain model year 2003 through 2007 accord v6 vehicles. the total number of vehicles being recalled is now 625,762. prolonged under-hood and power steering fluid temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate prematurely, resulting in cracks and power steering fluid leakage.

If this occurs, power steering fluid can leak onto a hot catalytic converter, leading to smoke and possibly an under-hood fire.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose, free of charge. the original recall began in june 2012, and owners of those vehicles may obtain the free remedy. sufficient parts are not yet available for owners of the vehicles covered by the september 2012 expansion, but are expected to be available in early 2013. honda will notify owners of these vehicles beginning on october 26, 2012, and will notify these owners again when parts are available so those vehicles can be brought to dealers for applications of the free remedy. owners may contact honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

Honda's recall campaign number for the original recall is s39.honda's recall numbers for the additional vehicles are s59 (inspection) and s60 (remedy).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.
04/28/08 Honda is recalling 273,000 my 2004-2008 acura tl 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 april 28, 2008. owners may contact acura at 800-382-2238. this is an expansion of a previous recall (please see 07v551).

Acura recall no. q73.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.
04/13/05 On certain passenger vehicles, a loose terminal in the main fuse box may cause 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 which could result in a crash.

Dealers will replace the entire fuse box free of charge. the recall began on april 13, 2005. owners may contact honda at 800-999-1009 or acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Honda recall nos. p73, p74.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.
05/21/01 Vehicle description: sedans equipped with an "auto-up" power window feature on the driver's door. the driver's side power window control unit can fail, and depending on the failure mode, the window could become inoperative, open or close independent of switch activation, or the auto-reverse system may not operate.

The auto-reverse system failure could result in occupant injury.

Dealers will replace the power window control unit. owner notification began may 21, 2001. 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 1-800-999-1009.

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.
08/30/02 Engine On certain minivans, sedans, coupes, and sport utility vehicles equipped with v6 engines, a timing belt tensioner pulley on the water pump is misaligned and could cause the timing belt to contact a bolt on the cylinder head. eventually the belt could be damaged and fail.

If the timing belt breaks, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the water pump and if it is one of the defective pumps, the water pump and timing belt will be replaced. owner notification began august 30, 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 honda at 1-800-999-1009 or acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Also, customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
04/27/04 Transmission and Drivetrain On some mini vans, sport utility and passenger vehicles, certain operating conditions can result in heat build-up between the countershaft and secondary shaft second gears in the automatic transmission, eventually leading to gear tooth chipping or gear breakage.

Gear failure could result in transmission lockup, which could result in a crash.

On vehicles with 15,000 miles or less, the dealer will update the transmission with a simple revision to the oil cooler return line to increase lubrication to the second gear. on vehicles with more than 15,000 miles, the dealer will inspect the transmission to identify gears that have already experienced discoloration due to overheating. if discoloration exists, the transmission will be replaced if discoloration is not present, the dealer will perform the revision to the oil cooler return line. the recall began on april 21, 2004, for pilot, odyssey, and mdx owners. owners of the accord vehicles will start receiving letters on june 28, 2004, and on june 29, 2004, for owners of the tl and cl vehicles. owners should contact honda at 1-800-999-1009 or acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Honda recall nos. p30 (odyssey and pilot),p31 (mdx), p38 (accord) and p39 (acura).customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
04/28/08 Electrical and Air Conditioning Honda is recalling 129,600 my 2004-2005 acura tl vehicles. if water enters the windshield wiper motor breather port, which is designed to allow the motor to vent warm air during normal operation, it can result in corrosion inside the motor housing. this could cause a failure of the electrical circuit breaker inside the motor housing.

If the circuit breaker fails, it will cause the windshield wiper motor to become inoperative, which can increase the likelihood of a crash in certain conditions.

Dealers will inspect the windshield wiper motor for signs of corrosion. if no signs of corrosion are present, a snorkel tube will be added to the wiper motor breather port to prevent water from entering the wiper motor housing and foam tape will be installed on the cowl above the wiper motor to direct water away from the wiper motor. if signs of corrosion damage are observed on the wiper motor, the motor will be replaced, and the breather tube and foam tape will also be installed to prevent water intrusion on the new wiper motor. the recall began on april 28, 2008. owners may contact acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Acura recall no. q72.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.
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11/07/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain passenger vehicles, on the frontal airbag system where the two external impact sensors is mounted, near the front headlights the front impact sensor bolts were not properly torqued.

If the bolts loosen or fall out, the sensor may fail to properly detect a crash, possibly resulting in delayed or non-deployment of the front airbag increasing the risk of injury.

Dealers will inspect and remove the bumper and retorque the loose bolts. the recall began on november 7, 2005. owners may contact honda at 1-800-999-1009 and acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Honda recall no. p99 and acura q00 .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.
05/09/01 Other Vehicle description: certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with requirements of fmvss no. 209, "seat belt assemblies." certain driver and passenger seat belt buckles were improperly manufactured.

In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained.

Dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the front seat belt buckles. owner notification began may 9, 2001. 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 1-800-999-1009.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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Acura TL 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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