Luxury brand Acura is recalling certain models built between 2004 and 2008 for two separate recall campaigns. The recall for the 2005-06 Acura MDX
and the 2005 Acura RL
, relating to unintended braking, also extends to the 2005 Honda Pilot.
At issue in this first recall is a capacitor that may have been damaged during assembly of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module. As a result, the vehicles involved in this recall may exhibit intermittent and light application of the brakes without driver involvement.
Should the driver apply the brakes during a malfunction of the VSA module, however, the vehicle may brake to a sudden and unexpected stop. On Honda Pilot models, a loose ground wire may keep the vehicle from displaying brake lights when the malfunctioning VSA module activates the brakes.
To remedy this condition, Acura and Honda dealers will install a partial wiring harness that includes a new capacitor for the VSA control module. In addition, Honda dealers will tighten the ground wire for affected Pilot SUVs
Under a separate campaign, Acura is recalling 2004-08 TSX models originally sold (or currently registered) in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
At issue on TSX models
is corrosion of the car’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU), caused by salt from the driver’s footwear leaching into the driver’s footwell carpeting. Should the vehicle’s ECU rust or corrode, there is a risk of engine stalling.
Acura dealers will inspect the ECU of affected TSX models and replace as necessary, at no charge to customers. A waterproof cover will also be fitted to the ECU to prevent further damage in the future.
Owners of any vehicles affected by these recalls can contact Honda’s customer service at (800) 999-1009, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 with any questions or concerns.