The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the expansion of a June 2012 Honda recall for Acura vehicles with steering system defects. The original recall of 52,615 Acura vehicles has been significantly expanded to 625,762 Acura and Accord vehicles.
The vehicles affected by this recall include model year 2007 and 2008 Honda Acura TL vehicles, and model year 2003 – 2007 Honda Accord V6 vehicles.
The power steering hose for the referenced vehicles may deteriorate as the result of prolonged exposure to power steering fluid and under-hood temperatures, causing cracks in the hose and leakage of power steering fluid. If the fluid leaks onto a hot catalytic converter, it may smoke and cause an under-hood fire.
Owners of recalled vehicles will be notified by Honda and dealers will replace the defective power steering hose with one that is heat resistant, at no-charge. Currently, this remedy is only available to owners of vehicles in the original June 2012 recall. There are not yet enough parts to expand the remedy to the additional vehicles added during the September 2012 expansion. These parts should be available in early 2013. Honda will notify owners once they have the parts. To learn more about this recall, you may call Honda at (800) 999-1009 or the NHTSA Hotline at (888) 327-4236. The Honda recall campaign numbers are S39 (original) and S59 (expansion).
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