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Acura has issued the second recall for its 2014 MDX in the SUV’s short life. The first was due to a defective trailer-hitch accessory kit but the latest is for a much more serious problem. According to the automaker, the vehicle’s drive shaft may end up becoming detached.
The recall affects 2014 MDX models manufactured from May 6, 2013 through October 14, 2013, but only all-wheel-drive versions. In total, there are 19,197 vehicles affected by the recall in the U.S. alone.
According to Acura, the bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly on the MDX may not have been properly tightened. As a result, the bolts could loosen and possibly allow the shaft to detach.
Should the drive shaft detach while driving, it could cause excessive noise and possibly cause significant damage to the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Acura is in the process of contacting owners of the vehicles affected by the recall. Dealers will inspect and tighten the drive shaft attaching bolts as necessary, free of charge.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall number 13V571000) or Acura at 1-800-999-1009.