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Acura is recalling 56,881 of its 2007 and 2008 TL sedans in North America. The Honda brand is citing a faulty power steering hose as the reason.
The recall will affect 52,615 U.S. TL owners. The remaining 4,266 cars are in Canada, MSNBC reports. Acura states the defective hose could deteriorate and leak over time. This could result in cars losing power steering assistance and even smoke and fire.
While no accidents, injuries, or fires have been reported so far, the problematic hose could still be a potential product liability lawsuit.
Whenever a defective or improperly designed product is released to the public, manufacturers can be held liable for any damages that result. In addition, all distributors and retailers can also be sued, as well.
In the case of recalled vehicles, typically the law requires the car's maker to correct the defect in one of three ways. The manufacturer must repair the damaged part, replace it or the whole car, or issue a refund. As you can probably imagine, most automobile companies aren't too keen on the last option.
In addition, manufacturers are also required to issue a public notice of the recall and mail notices to affected owners. Acura is doing just that. They've also set up a website (http://www.recalls.acura.com/) where TL owners can check to see if their car is affected. Owners can also call the company directly at 800-382-2238.
But what happens if you've already gotten your vehicle repaired? Don't worry. Typically, manufacturers are required to refund your fees. However, don't wait too long to put in your request. Generally, the cut off for refunds is 10 to 30 after final notices are issued.
So if you're an Acura TL owner, be sure to find out if your car was included in the recall.