Honda Recalls 2015 Acura MDX Due to Improper Bolt Coating
On the heels of a tussle with the Department of Justice, Honda is running into some more familiar trouble.
Honda is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles. The affected vehicles have air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts that may not be treated with the proper anti-corrosion coating.
Honda believes that more than 100,000 vehicles may be affected.
During manufacture of the bolts, certain lots failed to receive a dielectric topcoat, which protects against corrosion. Additionally, some lots did not receive sufficient curing of the e-coat, which may cause low torque values and low hardness, resulting in the bolt becoming loose or falling off.
Bolts treated improperly are at risk of breaking, which can cause the compressor clutch plate to separate from the vehicle, possibly becoming a road hazard.
Honda will notify affected owners, with a tentative start date of July 31. Dealers will replace the drive bolts or, if necessary, install a new clutch plate, free of charge. Owners may contact Acura at (800) 382-2238.