The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 76,253 Acura vehicles by the American Honda Motor Co. due to a defect that may result in an engine stall. In states that use corrosive materials for roadway de-icing, drivers may introduce such substances to the interior of the vehicle on their footwear, saturating the carpeting which has contact with the engine Electronic Control Unit (ECU). This may cause the ECU to corrode or rust, resulting in damage that may cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a traffic accident.
The recalled vehicles include certain model year 2004 -2008 Acura TSX sedans that are currently registered in or were originally sold in the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Delaware and Connecticut.
Owners will be notified of the recall and Acura dealers will both inspect the car and replace the ECU if damaged at no-cost. Additionally, ECUs in all cars will have a waterproof cover installed, at no-cost. The recall was expected to start on April 11, 2013. For more information, owners can visit Acura’s website at www.recalls.acura.com or call Acura Client Relations at (800) 382-2238 and select option 4.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, our auto product liability lawyers in New Jersey at Blume Forte have the knowledge and resources necessary to determine whether you may have a meritorious claim against the auto manufacturer.