Honda is recalling 273,000 2004 to 2008 ACURA TL sports sedans because power steering fluid may leak, leading to a fire in the engine compartment. The company is also recalling 129,000 2004 to 2005 Acura TL sports sedans, this time because of a windshield wiper problem.

 

Prolonged high under-hood temperatures may cause the poser steering hose to deteriorate prematurely causing the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid, according to the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Honda and Acura dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose free of charge, according to NHTSA.

Honda has not reported to NHTSA when the company will begin notifying Acura TL owners of the recall. Owners may contact the company at 1-800-382-2238 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Wipers

Honda is also recalling 129,600 2004 to 2005 Acura TL sports sedans because the windshield wipers can fail.

If water enters the windshield wiper motor breather port, which is designed to allow the motor to vent warm air during normal operation, it can result in corrosion inside the motor housing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on its web site.

This could cause a failure of the electrical circuit breaker inside the motor housing, NHTSA reported. If the circuit breaker fails, it will cause the windshield wiper motor to become inoperative, which can increase the likelihood of a crash in certain conditions, the agency said.

Honda dealers will inspect the windshield wiper motor for signs of corrosion. A snorkel tube will be added to the wiper motor breather port to prevent water from entering the wiper motors housing and foam tape will be installed on the cowl above the wiper motor to direct water away from the wiper motor, NHTSA reported.

Should Acura technicians discover signs of corrosion damage to the wiper motor they will replace the motor and install the snorkel tube and foam tape.

Honda has not reported to NHTSA when the company will begin notifying Acura TL owners of the recall. Owners may contact the company at 1-800-382-2238 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).