2004-'08 Acura TSX Recalled for Risk of Engine Stall


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    2008 Acura TSX Picture

    Honda is recalling 76,253 2004-'08 Acura TSXs sold in cold-weather states because the vehicle’s electronic control unit may experience rust or corrosion. | March 22, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Honda is recalling 76,253 2004-'08 Acura TSXs sold in cold-weather states because the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit may experience rust or corrosion.
  • This damage may cause the engine to stall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • The recall is expected to begin on April 11.

WASHINGTON — Honda is recalling 76,253 2004-'08 Acura TSXs sold in cold-weather states because the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit may experience rust or corrosion. This damage may cause the engine to stall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"In states that use corrosive materials for de-icing, driver's footwear may bring in materials that saturate the vehicle's carpeting, which is in contact with the vehicle's engine Electronic Control Unit," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the ECU case may experience rust or corrosion. This damage may potentially cause the engine to stall. A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash."

The affected vehicles were originally sold in or are 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.

Honda told federal safety regulators it is not possible to determine the number of warranty and other customer contentions attributable to this condition in the U.S. without detailed inspection of each ECU.

"Since we did not inspect each ECU return from customer vehicles due to any cause, we do not know which ones may have been returned due to this cause," Honda said in documentation filed with NHTSA. "As a result of this uncertainty, we are unable to report the date of the first warranty claim or other custom contention, or the total number of claims due to this cause."

Acura dealers will replace any damaged Electronic Control Unit. The recall is expected to begin on April 11. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Edmunds says: Another peculiar instance of the real world getting in the way of the complicated electronics on modern cars.

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