Honda recalls Acura TSX over dangerous engine stall risk

Honda is recalling certain 2004-2008 Acura TSX vehicles due to a corrosion problem, which may potentially cause engine stall.

Affected by the recall are approximately 93,000 model year 2004 to 2008 Acura TSX vehicles originally sold in North America, which possess an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) condition that may cause a rust problem. Consequently, corrosion may lead to engine stall, thus increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers 76,000 TSX sedans in the United States and another 17,000 in Canada.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver’s footwear may inadvertently saturate the vehicle’s carpeting with hazardous chemical often found in deicing products. Such materials may transfer to the vehicle engine’s ECU since the carpeting contact the ECU case.

The recall only affects Acura TSX vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in, 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. The recall notice does not specify what parts of Canada are impacted.

Honda will begin notifying customers of the recall starting on April 11, 2013. Authorized Acura dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any damaged ECU and install a waterproof cover onto the ECU, free of charge. In the meantime, owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Concerned drivers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number is 13V-093.

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