Acura Stops TLX Sales, Recall to Follow
Acura’s brand-new TLX sedan is the subject of a stop-sale order about four months since being shipped to U.S. dealerships. According to Automotive News, Honda notified dealers to stop selling TLX models equipped with the nine-speed automatic due to a faulty parking lock that could cause the vehicles to roll away despite the push-button shifter indicating the sedan is in park mode.
There’s no word as to how many TLXs are affected by this issue, but Auto News TV reports that Acura sold more than 15,000 units as of December 2014. However, not all TLXs are equipped with a nine-speed auto, which is exclusive to the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Sedans powered by the 2.4-liter inline-four are sold with an eight-speed dual-clutch. The nine-speed version retails from $35,220.
Honda plans to start notifying customers about the recall January 6th, 2015. All affected TLXs will have their faulty parking lock replaced at Acura dealerships free of charge.
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Why it matters
Although the company says it is not aware of any accidents related to the matter, this doesn’t look good on Honda’s record, which has been accused of under-reporting safety data to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the faulty Takata airbags. Sure, a faulty parking lock is less likely to cause fatalities, but a vehicle that rolls away by itself could cause a lot of havoc once on the move with no driver inside to step on the brakes. Hopefully this recall won’t affect sales of the 2015 TLX, which are off to a great start.
Developed to replace both the TL and the TSX, the 2015 Acura TLX was unveiled in production guise at the 2014 New York Auto Show, a few months after a prototype was showcased in Detroit. The TLX boasts a sporty design enhanced by muscular wheel arches, while the interior received additional soft-touch surfaces and new convenience and safety features. The cabin is also quieter now thanks to triple door seals, acoustic glass and Active Noise Control.
Two different engines are available for the Acura TLX. There’s a 2.4-liter four-pot that delivers 209 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 290 ponies and 267 pound-feet. The former mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch, while the latter comes with a nine-speed automatic. Both units are equipped with Acura’s upgraded Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) handling technology, but the V-6 can also be connected to a Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
Pricing starts from $30,995 and goes into the $44,000 range with the top-of-the-league trim level.
Source: Automotive News