Dec 21st, 2007 by RJ Menezes
American Honda is issuing a recall concerning 43,000 Acura RL luxury sedans sold in the U.S. The recall involves a defective power steering hose that could lead to a possible fire. The material the hose is made of can break apart cause’ of under-hood tempetures and prematurely crack. This could case power steering fluid to leak onto a very hot catalytic converter and smoke up and even catch fire.The recall starts this week and affects most Acura RLs produced between the 2005 and 2008 model years.
“On certain passenger vehicles, prolonged high underhood temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate prematurely, causing the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid,” said the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in its recall summary of the Acura RL. “Power steering fluid leaking onto a hot catalytic converter will generate smoke and possibly lead to an underhood fire.”
Fortunately no injuries or fires have been reported from the faulty hose though it is still a hazard and should be replaced as soon as possible. Go to your local Acura or Honda dealer and they will install a new heat-resistant power steering hose free of charge for you.
For any other questions regarding the recall you can contact Honda at (800) 382-2238.