The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 52,615 Acura TL vehicles by American Honda Company due to a defect in the steering system. The defect may cause premature deterioration of the power steering hose, resulting in power steering fluid leakage. If this occurs, the power steering fluid can leak onto a hot catalytic converter, resulting in smoke and the potential for an under-hood fire, which could increase the risk of an injury causing accident.
The recall includes model year 2007 – 2008 Acura TL vehicles prone to prolonged increased power steering fluid and under-hood temperatures; which may cause the premature deterioration of the power steering hose, and the referenced leaks.
The American Honda Co. will notify owners of the affected cars, and dealers will install a new heat-resistant power steering hose at no cost. This recall is expected to start on or around June 15, 2012. To contact Honda customer service, owners may call (800) 999-1009. Additional information is also available through the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236. The campaign number for this Honda recall is S39.
Auto manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a vehicle malfunction or defect, you may be able to pursue civil litigation to recover damages surrounding injuries and other losses.
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