• Feb 29th 2008 at 7:03PM
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Honda put out two recall notices today that affects some 273,000 2004-2008 Acura TLs. One of the recalls addresses a windshield wiper issue, where a potentially faulty circuit breaker on 129,600 '04 and '05 TLs could fail, rendering the wipers useless.

The other recall is a bit more compelling. Apparently an issue with high temperatures under the hood can cause the power steering hose to degrade to the point that it could crack and leak fluid onto the catalytic converter. This could result in a fair amount of smoke, or, at worse, a fire.

Neither issue has resulted in a crash or injury, but Acura dealers have been instructed to replace the power steering hose and, in the case of the windshield wiper motor, inspect the unit and replace it if necessary. Naturally, there's no charge for either recall.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "at worse" or "at worst?"
      Mercury Mountaineer 06
      Well, it's good to know that they are recalling the problem before anything happens.
      • 7 Years Ago

      The TL is okay - really cool looking interior. I see a lot of 30-somethings driving them here in Houston. My wife is thinking of trading in her 2002 IS for one.

      I don't know - I'm more of a G8 type guy - but this car is alright.

      I can say one thing - I'd take a 2006 or 07 TL coming off a lease pre owned any day over a fully loaded brand new Camry if I wanted to roll FWD Japanese.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AUTOBLOG is full of it! i aint no honda fan but where is the post for FORD 4.6 million car recall that happend yesterday?....February 28, 2008
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      After years of disastrous fires involving Ford vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is strongly warning Ford, Lincoln and Mercury owners of fire hazards involving the faulty cruise control switches in recalled Ford Motor Company vehicles that have not been repaired.

      ConsumerAffairs.com has been reporting on the problem for years, chronicling fires in vehicles parked outside homes, in garages and even at fire stations.

      In a highly usual statement, NHTSA urged owners of the recalled vehicles to go to a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealer as soon as possible and have the cruise control system disconnected.

      The unrepaired Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickup trucks, vans and certain passenger cars contain a safety defect that could cause the vehicle to erupt into flames, according to the NHTSA statement.

      "Failure to have the switch disconnected could lead to a vehicle fire at any time, whether or not the key is in the ignition, and whether or not owners use the cruise control system," NHTSA warned in the consumer advisory.

      The safety agency said the fire danger is present regardless of the age of the vehicle, and could even occur while the vehicle is parked and unattended. Several dwelling fires have been attributed to the problem.

      Many dealers will perform a short-term fix as a “drive-through” service so owners do not have to leave their vehicles at the dealership or schedule an appointment in advance, according to NHTSA.

      NHTSA said it is issuing the unusual consumer advisory because of concerns that many owners have yet to respond to multiple safety defect recall notifications involving almost 10 million registered vehicles.

      NHTSA reported that approximately five million vehicles have been repaired so far, leaving some five million passenger cars and light trucks with the faulty switches intact, and in danger of catching fire at any time without warning.

      The drive-through repair is an interim safety measure but will eliminate the risk of fire while affected Ford and Mercury owners are waiting for final repairs from the company, NHTSA said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm..i wasn't aware of this recall until I did a search on waterpump failure. Why didn't Acura notify its customers? Or am I the only one that didn't get a letter in the mail? I took my 2007 in to get a nail removed and was told not to drive the car. They are replacing the timing belt as well. These are issues I wouldn't expect from a car with 16K miles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The burning question on everyone's minds is.... drum roll please............ They sold 273,000 TL's?????
        • 7 Years Ago

        In all seriousness, it's a pretty good all-around car. It handles well, has lots power, gets good mileage and a great cabin. It's also not nearly as pretentious as a 3er or C-Class.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ....and the prev. gen MDX with all its brake problems.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a 2005 Acura TL, which I bought new. Let me just say if you haven't driven a TL, you don't know what you're talking about. It is one of the best cars ever built, if you factor in quality, performance and comfort at a reasonable price. Everybody wants to talk about BMW like their cars are above reproach. The fact is, they are great drivers cars, which have crappy navigation systems compared to Acura and are WAY overpriced. In addition, if you keep a BMW after the warranty expires, God help you. The Acura TL is the best car I've ever owned and every time I test drive something new, it cannot compare to when you factor in all of the features of the Acura. There is no comparison at this price point, period.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an older TL and I still love it even after 4 years. A faulty hose isn't exactly a horrible problem. The transmission failures in the generation of TL I have is far worse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL I just had a 2008 TL as a loner car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a good car for someone who wants a luxury marque without getting into $40k territory. Other than that, I don't understand why people buy them. My parents own one (type-S, actually) and it rides like every other large, heavy car with a big engine out there. I guess the leather is nice?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what happens when a Japanese company has Americans engineer, design, and build their cars. This car doesn't exist in Japan. Keep 'em made in Japan. Flame all you want, but it's a fact that American cars are recalled more often than Japanese cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This probably has to do more with supplier cost-cutting than engineering. I doubt Honda of America makes their own hoses and windshield wiper circuit breakers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Goes to show you that it's not the company and it's good old american's like MR TRAGEDY that are the part in the mix that screws it all up! Nice work self destructing! Guess every American can be replaced by a Japanese person to make this country better. Oh wait, or is it just that many American Auto Workers are greedy! Hm, what could it be!
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