The American branch of the Honda Motor Co. said that it had to recall 52,615 Acura TL sedans from 2007-2008 in the United States after it was made apparent that the power-steering hose was deteriorating and losing fluid.
This could potentially increase the risk of fire if it leaks onto the catalytic converter and the loss of power-steering control.
At publication, there were no known accidents related to the recall.
The company released a statement that said they wanted, “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.”
In mid-June, the company will send out the notices. If owners are worried about their cars, they can find out more information by going online to www.recalls.acura.com.
One auto information company, Edmunds.com, said that getting proper information about the recall and taking their cars in for repair, may be more difficult than consumers realize.
An analysis from Edmunds.com showed that in a General Motors Co. recall from a few years ago only had a 52.5% completion rate. General Motors spokespeople said that the majority of their recalls usually have about a 70% completion rate.
Edmunds.com Senior Editor John O’Dell said that buyers usually do not receive enough information about the safety recalls before they purchase the vehicle.
“There’s only so much the manufacturers can do to reach out to car owners; the responsibility for ensuring that a car has been checked for recalls ultimately rests with individual owners,” said Edmunds.com Senior Editor John O’Dell.
Used-car buyers especially should pay more attention to the recalls to ensure that the cars that they buy are of the highest quality, according to O’Dell.
The Acura TL was introduced to the market in 1995, as a replacement for the Acura Vigor. Until 2007, it was Acura’s best-selling sedan, but was supplanted by the MDX. Four generations of the Acura TL have debuted in the United States, and it has been the second best-selling luxury sedan after the BMW 3 Series.
The U.S. Department of Transportation also provides a website, www.safercar.gov, as a database where consumers can discover if their cars have been part of a recall.
TIPS FOR TEMPORARILY FIXING A LEAKING POWER-STEERING HOSE:
If you get caught somewhere and you need to temporarily fix a leaking power-steering hose, then you can follow these few simple instructions until you can get permanent help. First, make sure that you travel with wheel chocks and scissors in your car. Find where the hose is leaking by having an assistant slowly turn the wheel, so you can see where the amber, pink-ish fluid is coming from. Next, cut the damaged portion of the hose out and take it to a local shop to fit it with a proper-size coupling. Then, slide the hose clamps on the side of the hose attached to the steering column, before inserting the coupling into this end. Place the hose clamps so that they are just above the coupling, then tighten the clamps. Finally, slide the other two hose clamps on the other side of the hose. Take the coupling and insert it into the other side so that the two are now connected. Then tighten the coupling, and you are all done.
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