American Honda Motor Company (Honda) will be launching a recall of its 2014 Acura RLX vehicles that were manufactured between August of 2012 and November of 2013. The reason for the recall is suspension failure.
The company has become aware that during transportation to dealerships the bolts attached to the rear lower control arms to the sub-frame of the vehicle may have loosened. Honda has acknowledged that there are eight bolts that attach several rear-suspension components, which pose the risk of loosening and in time falling out.
This defect creates a dangerous driving hazard as the loose bolts pose the risk of reducing steering ability of the driver, thus increasing risk of a motor vehicle accident. The recall is expected to include at least 7,387 units of the 2014 model year Acura RLX.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified, as will dealers in order to arrange replacement of the rear suspension bolts. The replacements will be done with no charge to the owners and Honda is expected to actively begin such action early January 2014. Concerned consumers can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. The corresponding recall number is JD0.
This is not the first incident of Acura having a issue with improperly tightened bolts. The MDX was recalled previously for improperly tightened bolts on the drive shaft.