Acura TSX Recalled For Potential Engine Stall Problem

March 25, 2013

Honda is recalling certain 2004 through 2008 model year Acura TSX sedans originally sold or registered in “salt-belt” states for a potential engine stall problem.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. at 76,253.

2004 Acura TSX

2004 Acura TSX

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Vehicles affected by the safety recall were originally sold in or registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Documentation from Honda (PDF) lists the build dates and model years of the recall population include certain 2004-2008 Acura TSX sedans, as follows:

  • 2004 Acura TSX – built from February 12, 2003 to September 29, 2004
  • 2005 Acura TSX – built from October 12, 2004 to September 30, 2005
  • 2006 Acura TSX – built from October 19, 2005 to September 28, 2006
  • 2007 Acura TSX – built from October 5, 2006 to June 4, 2007
  • 2008 Acura TSX – built from June 4, 2007 to January 30, 2008

2005 Acura TSX A-Spec

2005 Acura TSX A-Spec

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The problem

According to Honda, the problem is road salt that may enter the vehicle on the driver’s shoes, saturating carpeting and then seeping through to damage the electronic control unit (ECU) located in the floor.

This condition may cause rust or corrosion which, if excessive, can result in damage to the ECU, “potentially causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The automaker first discovered the existence of the problem from a complaint in February 2011 about a car from Iceland. More complaints from Iceland and then Canada followed.

Honda said that it took time to determine that corrosion was the source of the problem and only this month decided that a recall was necessary. In a statement, Honda said that it is not aware of any accidents related to the problem.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will then inspect the vehicle and replace the damaged ECU, if necessary. In addition, a waterproof cover will be installed onto the cover of the ECU. The service work will be performed at no charge.

The Honda safety recall campaign, identified as S86, is expected to begin on April 11, 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2004 to 2008 Acura TSX sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V093000.


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