Honda is recalling certain 2014 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive, for a potential problem involving loose bolts.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 19,197. Affected vehicles were built from May 6, 2013 through October 14, 2013.
At issue are bolts that may not have been properly tightened during vehicle assembly. According to documentation from Honda (PDF), “it is possible that two of the four bolts that attach the propeller shaft to the automatic transmission assembly were not properly tightened.”
Improperly torque bolts could loosen over time, possibly causing detachment of the propeller shaft. Should this occur during driving, an excessively loud noise would be heard, the vehicle may be damaged, and a crash could occur.
Honda said it discovered the missing bolt problem in October on a vehicle at the Alabama assembly plant. After inspecting all other vehicles at the plant and finding another 15 with missing bolts, the automaker made the decision to order a recall.
Honda said it has no reports of crashes, injuries or customer complaints relative to this issue.
What Honda will do
Honda will notify owners and dealers will first inspect and tighten bolts, as necessary. The service will be performed at no charge. The Honda safety recall, identified as JC8, is expected to begin in December 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2014 Acura MDX crossover SUVs with all-wheel drive, with any questions or concerns, may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009, or go to www.recalls.honda.com for further recall information.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V571000.