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Honda Recalls 167,000 Acura Sedans

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On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Honda Recalls 167,000 Acura Sedans

In car news this week, according to a recent press release, Honda has recalled over 160,000 Acura TSX Sedans due to a potential safety hazard—a faulty power steering hose and o-ring gasket which has the potential to deteriorate prematurely, possibly resulting in a fire hazard.

The repair will involve installing a new power steering hose, o-ring gasket, and fluid which, of course, will all be done at no out-of-pocket cost to the vehicle owner.

The recall is being performed in response to findings of a premature deterioration of the exterior surface of the power steering hose that may result in a crack in the hose from long-term exposure to high engine temperatures. In the event that the power steering hose does break, power steering fluid would then leak onto the hot exhaust component, which could possibly cause a fire to occur.

Owners of affected vehicles will be informed by mail starting at the end of May 2010, but those Acura owners who would like to find out more now can go to the website at owners.acura.com/recalls.

Specifically the 2004-2008 models have been deemed as potentially dangerous by Honda, who stated on their official website, “As with nearly all Honda and Acura safety recalls, Honda originally brought this matter to the attention of NHTSA and has kept NHTSA apprised of our decision to include additional vehicles in the expanded recall.”

As Honda describes the problem, “The recall is being conducted due to the potential for premature deterioration of the exterior surface of the hose as a result of prolonged exposure to high under-hood temperatures.”

According to Honda spokesman Chris Naughton, there have been no injuries or accidents reported as a result of the potential hazard in the Acura models included in the recall; there was only one report of a minor fire that occurred in connection with the faulty hose.

Hopefully, there will not be any other ongoing safety issues with Honda vehicles as the trend has been in the past with other automakers. Of course, safety is always the utmost important issue, but, at the same time, automakers have taken enough of a hit recently. The future recovery of our economy depends on financially stable corporations such as Honda, Toyota, and, of course, the American automakers.


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