Recall: Nearly 53,000 Acura TL Sedans for Steering-Fluid Leaks
A power-steering hose on 2007-2008 models may deteriorate and spill fluid.
The recall, which involves 52,615 TL sedans from 2007 and 2008, is the second such recall to fix the power-steering hose since the problem was announced in 2008 for 273,000 TL sedans from model years 2004-08. At that time, Acura said that "high under-hood temperatures" could cause the hose to crack and spill fluid. Dealers installed a "heat resistant" hose, but that apparently hasn't worked for all TLs. No crashes or fires have been reported as a result of the problem, Acura says.
Affected owners will receive letters in mid-June, but since that's a month out, you can visit Acura's recall site or call 800-382-2238 to find out if your car needs the repair.
The Jeep recall is for a skid plate that can collect debris under the exhaust system, not a transmission defect. You mention at least three times in two different threads that it is a transmission defect, when it clearly is not. Read the entire article and you will see. You accuse others of ragging on foreign car recalls, and ignoring domestic recalls. Then you turn around and type things about Domestic vehicles that are blatantly untrue over and over again.
1st wrong statement: "Toyota has not lead [frosty, you misspelled led] in recalls for "the last several years","
What planet are you on? Toyota has had MORE RECALLS in the last decade than ANY OTHER car manufacturer. That is a record that is undisputed. There isn't another car maker that has recalled 20 million cars in just the last few years like Toyota. No one. Toyota has essentially recalled more vehicles than they've sold here in the last 10 years because some of the vehicles have been recalled, 1,2,3 and even 4 times! Yeah, it must be great owning a Toyota and have to make 4 trips back to the dealer for safety recalls! Oh what a feeling, Toyota!
Now it's about how many recalls this one has and how many that one has? What childish remarks. Besides, frostyross, this is what you said about recalls in another thread:
"Who cares about recalls? I would much rather have a recall than a breakdown from poor quality!!"
So, which is it, frostyross, should we listen to when you're ranting about recalls or should we listen to you when you say not to care about them? You are embarrassing yourself by writing things that directly contradict each other.
Acura should be focusing on safety first. With so many potentially deadly mistakes in the last few years like Toyota, I would never trust them to make a car for me. I would trust Lincoln or Buick way before these guys.
All these recalls from Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru, etc. is getting ridiculous! The Japanese car makers are really going down the tubes when it comes to quality, with Toyota leading the way to the bottom with the most recalls of ANY car company over the last several years. Honda is doing a good job of trying to catch up with Toyota's record breaking number of recalls. Sad but true.
The Japanese are still paving the way to rack up the most recalls. Toyota gave them a HUGE head start by recalling over 20 million cars in recent years. As you pointed out, frostyross, Nissan leads all manufacturers in the # of recalls in the past two weeks. Honda and Toyota have gotten off to a rough start this year, too, after a couple of REALLY BAD ONES leading up to this year. Nobody is really poised to retake the present crown from Toyota, mostly because they're still digging the recall hole even deeper.
The sad truth is EVERY Japanese car I have owned has left me waiting for a tow truck, two of the Toyotas multiple times, and all of them were still under warranty when they failed. It's pretty bad when a vehicle can't even make it through the warranty period without needing a tow.
However, I gave this a little thought. Car companies are most certainly getting "recall jumpy" after the Toyota fiasco a few years ago (which for the record I still think was blown way out of proportion). Only a few years ago this would have been handled as a TSB. If a hose started leaking within the warranty period, it was replaced free of charge with a new and improved hose free of charge. If the hose started leaking after the warranty period then that's just part of the costs of owning a car. You should be checking the car for leaks periodically (you are checking it for leaks during oil changes like you should, right??? checking for leaks IS part of owning a car and taking proper care of it). The new hose purchased would mysteriously look slightly different from the old hose.
Now however, Honda is more than a little nervous of being known as the company that let Acura TL's catch fire and did nothing about it and getting hauled before Congress for hearings. It is definitely a "better safe than sorry" environment right now.
A good example of what I mentioned is when I owned a 1992 Nissan 240SX in college. That car had a reputation for leaking oil after about 100k miles or so. I was putting in a quart of oil every 500 miles. The culprit in this case was a faulty front main seal. So I bought the new main seal for $5 and got to work on it over a weekend. I removed the main seal and it was a medium hardness rubber that had a fair amount of flex to it. The new one that came out of the bag was the same medium hardness rubber ring, but it had a steel chord embedded inside that made it retain its shape. I never bothered to check, but I have a hunch that somewhere there is a TSB addressing this, but was simply handled through warranty or as a "repair to be expected as part of owning a car" instead of a recall.
FYI: After changing that front main seal, it went from a quart every 500 miles to a quart every 2000 miles! There was still a leak due to a botched front cover replacement by the previous owner.
Honda/Acura's long and storied recall list continues to grow. No big surprise. If the car has a critical defective item like this, one has to wonder what else is missing. If Honda/Acura was like Toyota/Lexus, they'd call this a "customer satisfaction program" instead of a recall. If this were a Toyota, we'd still have 4 more years before the secret dealer only recall was leaked.
Looks like consumer safety isn't important to Honda/Acura. This is why I still won't consider buying a Honda/Acura. They've been hiding quality and safety defects from the public for 10 years. This isn't the first time they've been caught doing so either. The power window switch fire problem that affected millions of vehicles, the automatic transmissions that were failing, airbags etc... The only constant you can count on with Honda/Acura is hit and miss quality.
If you're a Honda or Acura owner, you have plenty to worry about. If they've hidden this and other safety defects from you for 10 years, you can sleep soundly knowing you have other life threatening defects lurking on your vehicles that will rear their ugly head when you can least expect it.
Which auto company has had the most recalls and passenger fatalities due to recalls over a the last 10 years? The last 5 years? The last 3 years? Here's a hint: It's not an American or European manufacturer. Don't dodge the question, just answer it.
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