Owners of 2004 to 2008 Acura TSX sedans may be getting a recall notice in the next few weeks. Parent company Honda says only vehicles sold or registered in states that use certain corrosive de-icing chemicals are affected. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says drivers may transport those chemicals into the car on his or her shoes leading to corrosion of the carpeting and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) underneath. A rusted or corroded ECU can cause the car to stall. See the entire press release below. If you have any questions you can contact Butler Acura at (888) 306-4744.
“Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V093000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76,253
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Honda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Acura TSX vehicles originally sold in, or 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. In states that use corrosive materials for deicing, 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 (ECU). 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.
Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any damaged ECU, free of charge. All vehicles will have a waterproof cover installed onto the ECU, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 11, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Honda’s recall campaign numbers are S86. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.”