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1.3 Million Hondas Recalled Over Takata Passenger Airbags 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TSX, Acura ZDX, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Clarity, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, Honda FCX, Honda Jazz - Fit, Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, honda-fit, Recalls on 01 12th, 2017

Honda has issued another recall to replace problematic Takata airbags. More of the same, you say? Maybe, but this time it's not the airbag in the steering wheel – it's the passenger airbag.
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Recall Alert: Acura MDX, RL And TSX Models 25
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Acura, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TSX, Automotive, honda, Kurt, News, Recalls on 03 25th, 2013
2005 Acura MDX
2005 Acura MDX

2005 Acura MDX

Do you drive a 2005-06 Acura MDX, a 2005 Acura RL or a 2004-08 Acura TSX? If you answered yes to this question, be prepared to receive a recall notice on your vehicle from Honda. MDX and RL models are being recalled for an unintended braking issue, while TSX models sold or currently registered in snow belt states are being recalled for a corrosion issue that could affect the car’s ECU.

The braking issue on MDX and RL models (which also affects 2005 Honda Pilot SUVs) ties back to a capacitor that may have damaged during Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module assembly. Vehicles with the damaged capacitor may show intermittent, light application of the brakes without driver assist. If the driver applies the brakes while the VSA system is malfunctioning, the brakes may bring the vehicle to a sudden stop.

To remedy this, Acura and Honda dealers will install a new partial wiring harness that includes a replacement capacitor. As a loose ground may further complicate matters on Honda Pilots included in this recall, Honda dealers will tighten ground wires as well.

The TSX recall affects vehicles in states that use salts for de-icing. Drivers can track in road salts, which leach through the footwell carpeting and can cause a short in vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU), leading to potential stalling.

To remedy this, Acura dealers will inspect affected vehicles and replace ECU assemblies (under warranty) as needed. All cars in the recall will also get a waterproof cover for the ECU, designed to prohibit re-occurrence of the issue.

Owners with questions or concerns can contact Honda’s customer service at (800) 999-1009, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

Acura Continues to Revamp Line to Compete with Tier 2 Luxury Brands 1
Posted by Darryl in 2013 Acura ILX, Acura, Acura MDX, Acura NSX, Acura RL, Acura TL, Acura TLX, Acura TSX, Acura ZDX, Automotive, News on 08 1st, 2012

Honda C Concept – Rumored design basis for upcoming Acura TLX

Honda’s luxury division plans to continue their product line revamp to put them in a better position to challenge second-tier luxury brand rivals such as Audi, Buick, Infiniti and Volvo. Acura’s new positioning will not focus so much on directly competing with the likings of BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

Acura’s bread and butter TL will likely be renamed the TLX and shrink in size while they phase out the TSX potentially carrying on in a limited V6 production form. The TLX is due to get a new line of Earth Dreams engines featuring direct injection, 310 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The same powertrain will be used in the upcoming Honda Accord and potentially deliver as much as 45 MPG.

Honda C Concept – Rumored design basis for upcoming Acura TLX

Reportedly, the smaller Acura ILX, which will not have a coupe variant, will have the base 2.0-liter engine replaced by a 2.4-liter making 181 horsepower. Additionally, a more-powerful 2.4-liter direct injection engine could also be offered producing close to 230 horsepower.

The new 2013 RDX will carry on with its current 273 horsepower V6 while its larger MDX sibling will eventually get the Earth Dreams V6 engine adding power and efficiency over the current 300 horsepower V6. The ZDX could remain in the lineup for now but eventually phased out due to slipping sales well after the new MDX is launched.

The Acura RL flagship is due for a redesign in the fall where it will get the TL’s Earth Dreams V6 engine and weigh in below 4,000 pounds due to lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel.

Of course 2014 will bring about the launch of the highly anticipated Acura NSX using an all-wheel-drive system powered by a V6 engine and two electric motors.

With Acura’s semi-conservative approach to competing with so-called ‘second-tier’ luxury brands, they will put themselves into an attractive position for consumers looking to slip into the luxury auto market for the first time.

[source: AutoNews]