2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test


2014 Acura MDX: Drive-Shaft Bolt Recall

December 13, 2013

2014 Acura MDX

Uh, oh, Honda is recalling nearly 20,000 2014 Acura MDX SUVs with all-wheel drive to fix loose drive-shaft bolts.

"The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly may not have been properly tightened," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the bolts could loosen, possibly allowing the shaft to detach.

"If the drive shaft detaches while driving, it could cause excessive noise and possibly damage the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

Looks like we'll soon be making an unscheduled visit to the local Acura dealer.

Kelly Hellwig, News Editor

Comments

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    "If the drive shaft detaches while driving, it could cause excessive noise..." You think??? Probably the least of your worries!

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    As a man who has had a drive shaft failure at highway speed the "excessive noise" is in fact the last thing on your mind.

  • I can imagine that having the drive shaft disconnect would be a terrible situation to be in. However, no accidents have been reported due to this so it appears that the under-tightened bolts were caught before anything catastrophic occurred, thankfully.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Must be some mistake - Japanese cars never break or have recalls - ?

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