The brand-new 2014 Acura RLX is barely out of the gate, but it's already the subject of a nationwide recall. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the luxury sedans suffer from a suspension problem that could increase the risk of a crash.
The RLX recall affects 7,387 vehicles manufactured between August 7 and November 5, 2013. NHTSA says that some of those sedans may have been damaged en route to showrooms -- specifically, "The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the sub-frame of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships."
Since the control arms help steer the vehicle, any damage to those arms -- or in this case, the bolts that connect them to the car -- could limit a driver's ability to control the vehicle. And that, in turn, could result in an accident.
Honda says that it will begin notifying owners of the RLX recall this month. After receiving the official notice, RLX owners will be able to take their cars to Acura dealers, who will replace the bolts on the rear lower control arms, free of charge.
If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you're encouraged to contact Honda at 800-999-1009 and ask about recall JD0. Or, if you prefer, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #13V622000.