2013-'14 Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk | Edmunds

2013-'14 Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 14,078 2013-'14 Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid vehicles because excessive headlight temperatures pose a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Dealers have been told to stop selling the affected cars until they are repaired.
  • "There have been no warranty claims or injuries related to this issue," the company told federal safety regulators.

WASHINGTON American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 14,078 2013-'14 Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid vehicles because excessive headlight temperatures pose a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting and fire," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. "The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

"Additionally, the excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire."

Dealers have been told to stop selling the affected cars until they are repaired.

"There have been no warranty claims or injuries related to this issue," the company told federal safety regulators.

In a document filed with NHTSA, Honda said an Acura ILX hybrid vehicle fire allegation was received by the company from the Flat Irons Acura dealership in Boulder, Colorado.

"The fire appeared to have started in the headlight area while the vehicle was idling in a stationary position with the headlights illuminated," Honda said. "The dealer reported that the vehicle had been idling in this position for approximately two hours to charge the battery when fire was observed."

The affected 2013 Acura ILX cars were built from January 16, 2012 to March 1, 2013. The affected 2013 ILX Hybrid cars were built from January 12, 2012 to February 7, 2013.

The affected 2014 ILX cars were built from May 2, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The affected 2014 ILX Hybrids were built from October 18, 2013 to February 19, 2014.

Acura dealers will replace the headlights. The recall is expected to begin on July 28. Owners can contact Acura at (800) 862-2872.

Edmunds says: This recall does not begin until the end of the month. If you have a problem with your car in the meantime, take it into your dealership immediately.

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