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Acura has issued a voluntary recall for TL sedans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. According to a press release from the company, the recall stems from a problem with the TL's 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.
Acura stresses that to date, no crashes, injuries, or fires have been associated with the problem. In fact, a quick search of the "investigations" section of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website reveals that NHTSA hasn't launched a formal inquiry into the problem at all.
However, that may have been on the verge of taking place. A look through the "complaints" section of that website reveals several reports of problems with the power steering on the Acura TL, including leakages. For example: "POWER STEERING LEAK CAUSING SMOKING, & SQUEAKING ALONG WITH DIFFICULT STEERING".
In all, some 52,615 vehicles are affected by Acura's recall.
Acura says that it will begin mailing notifications about the recall in mid-June. For more information, TL owners are encouraged to visit www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-382-2238 and select option 4.