Potential Power Steering Leak
Suspension & Steering, May 16, 2012
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Our Quick Take:
A power steering fluid hose may develop a leak. Leaking fluid can drip onto the catalytic converter resulting in smoke and possibly an under-hood fire.
What Should You Do?
Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning June 15, 2012. If you are experiencing a burning smell and/or excess smoke from under the hood, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Prolonged under-hood and power steering fluid temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate resulting in cracks and power steering fluid leakage. Power steering fluid can leak onto the catalytic converter leading to smoke and possibly an under-hood fire. Dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S39.
Mfr's Report Date:
May 16, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 ACURA TL VEHICLES. PROLONGED UNDER-HOOD AND POWER STEERING FLUID TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE THE POWER STEERING HOSE TO DETERIORATE PREMATURELY, RESULTING IN CRACKS AND POWER STEERING FLUID LEAKAGE.
IF THIS OCCURS, POWER STEERING FLUID CAN LEAK ONTO A HOT CATALYTIC CONVERTER, LEADING TO SMOKE AND POSSIBLY AN UNDER-HOOD FIRE.
HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW HEAT RESISTANT POWER STEERING HOSE, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON, OR ABOUT, JUNE 15, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.
HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS S39. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration