Acura is recalling 52,615 TL sedans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The problem: a faulty power steering hose that could, over time, deteriorate and develop a fluid leak.

According to the automaker's official statement, a leaky power steering hose "could lead to loss of power steering assistance or, if it leaks onto a catalytic converter it may result in smoke, or in the worst case, fire." Acura states that no crashes, injuries or fires have been reported because of this issue.

Owners will receive notification by mail starting in mid-June, and Acura dealerships will replace the defective hoses free of charge. If owners want to find out if their specific vehicle is affected before being notified by mail, Acura invites them to visit www.recalls.acura.com or call 1-800-382-2238 and select option 4. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Statement by Acura Regarding Power Steering Hose Recall: 2007-2008 Acura TL

05/17/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura will voluntarily recall 52,615 model-year 2007-2008 TL sedans in the United States to replace the power steering hose. Over time, the power steering hose may deteriorate and develop a fluid leak. Leaking power steering fluid could lead to loss of power steering assistance or, if it leaks onto a catalytic converter it may result in smoke, or in the worst case, fire. No crashes, injuries or fires have been reported related to this issue.

Acura is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-June 2012. In addition to contacting customers by mail, in mid-June, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 382-2238, and selecting option 4.


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      milton_perriwinkle
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is interesting, because on my 2004 TL, the power steering hose did in fact leak all over my engine and it smoked like a banshee. I immediately pulled over fearing the worst. This problem is much bigger than Acura is letting on.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don’t mind this post, obligatory hysterical recall rant. OMG! Acura recall piece of crap, it will kill us all. Honda and Acura are garbage! Foreign crap cars are death traps, we shall all die and perish. The apocalypse is here!
      teknikscian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still one of my favorite cars. Classic styling IMO.
      AC2RC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Steering hose ??? Don't they have electric steering ? Get with the program !
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a great looking car this used to be. What happened?
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car doesn't look quite as good as I remember. I never thought it'd show its age, but it looks like it's starting to already. Still nicer than what Acura is making today though.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        I actually disagree. I think that was the best generation of the TL and that it is far more attractive than the Accord of that era.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm genuinely not surprised by this. The 3G TL has been plagued with power steering issues from the start.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man that design hasn't aged well.... I loved them when they came out. Neighbor had one and I drooled every time it was out. Now they look goofy. Looks like something designed in the days of Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica. Happy as hell I didn't pursue one when I bought my last car 4 years ago.
      gquirogagoode
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2006 TL which I bought in Mexico brand new for 42,000 USD (outrageously expensive, I know but we are not allowed to buy them cheaper in the US. Then add another 12% year interest plus taxes over the interests so I ended up paying over 50 grand). Honda Mexico, Acura Mexico or the Acura dealer in Mexico (Monterrey), all failed to warn me about the recall and as a consequence, I had a power steering fluid leak while on a long holiday trip in Mexico in 2009 with my family. After calling customer assistance the lady told me it would be covered under warranty. This was very odd since the warranty had expired last year (2009). She never mentioned it was a recall, which is different. It was very suspicious and didn´t understand why until later that I found out that there was actually a recall, which was issued precisely to avoid what happened to me. Not only that but the power steering pump was damaged as well as a result of the leak. They replaced the hose at no cost at a HOnda dealer in Mexico but didn´t want to replace the pump for free because as they said the recall was for the hose not the pump. ******** ALL. Had they warned me of the recall none of this would have happened. Among the potential risks: that the steering could have gotten stiffer and thus loosing control, additionally that the engine could have caught fire because of the fluid. The story does not end there because I had another power steering fluid leak, this was while I was in a family trip to CANADA. Honda dealer in Mexico that replaced the hose said that they were not responsible since the leak ocurred months after it was replaced. ******** all, HONDA MEXICO, ACURA MEXICO, ACURA MONTERREY DEALER and ultimately HONDA Motor Japan because when I explained the situation to the president of Honda Motor, his representative said that that would be handled in Mexico. Of course, dear Honda Mexico couldn't care less....DOES ANYONE KNOW A LAWYER OR A GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY THAT CAN HELP ME DO SOMETHING AGAINST these people ??
      gquirogagoode
      • 2 Years Ago
      to be honest, aside from this incident, my acura TL has been the best car....in six years I have only made minor repairs. Replaced diode from the alternator (100 USD), repaired the starter (60 USD), replaced front stabilizers (100 USD), replaced battery once (100 USD) and tires once (800 USD). IN SIX YEARS !!!! The problem with the leak was the result of the irresponsability from HONDA MEXICO, HONDA JAPAN, ACURA MEXICO since they didn´t warned me of the recall and as a result of the leak, the pump was damaged (700 USD) which I hope would be reimbursed ... and soon...I just filed a complaint to the NHTSA
      madtube
      • 2 Years Ago
      First, let me explain the actual mechanics involved with this recall. When the 04 TL debuted, one major change was to the exhaust catalyst system. The cylinder heads eschewed exhaust manifolds to a new design: a small catalytic converter is bolted directly to the head for increased performance and decreased emissions. This is all fine and dandy, but there is a small issue of underhood heat. The front converter gets its heat dissipated from all the air that comes through the radiator. The rear unit has no such luxury because of its location between the bulkhead and engine. Because if this, the rubber in the hose was subject to premature aging and deterioration. It would crack and spray fluid on that really bloody hot converter. The recall was issued in late 06 for all TL models from 2004-2006 and select 2007-2008 units. It stands to reason that they issued an update for all the excluded units.
      Compass Transport
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't this the same recall that Acura released in 2010/2011?
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