430,000 Acura and Honda Vehicles Recalled for Drive Shafts

2013 Honda Accord

Among a set of four large recalls issued Dec. 15 by Honda were two that  involved corroding front drive shafts on vehicles sold or registered in 22 states across the Northeast and Midwest, plus the District of Columbia. The action affects some 430,000 vehicles.

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The issue stems from the drive shafts’ protective coating, which may not have been applied properly during manufacturing. That makes them more susceptible to damage from road salt or other contaminants, potentially causing them to break. This could result in a sudden loss of drive power, and the vehicle could also roll away if the parking brake has not been applied when parked.

The action affects owners of the following models:

  • 2007-08 Fit with manual transmission
  • 2009-14 Fit (all transmissions)
  • 2012 Civic Hybrid
  • 2013-15 Accord sedan with four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 2013-15 Acura ILX (Acura is Honda’s luxury division)
  • 2013 ILX Hybrid

The included vehicles were originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin.

To resolve the issue, dealers will inspect the drive shafts, replacing either the left or right drive shaft if necessary. Repairs will be done for free, and the recall is expected to begin Feb. 1. Owners with questions can call the automaker at 888-234-2138 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They can also visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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