1. Over 708,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled to replace their DENSO fuel pumps.

    The pumps have a defect that'll cause them to stop pumping fuel to the engine. You don't need to be a mechanic to see why that's a problem.…

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  2. Acura's parent company, Honda, wants to settle up a decade-old lawsuit about downshifting transmissions

    with an offer so low it's borderline insulting. A 2009 lawsuit says 5-speed automatic transmissions in some 2002-2004 Honda and Acura vehicles have a defect in the 3rd clutch. That defect can cause the transmission to suddenly downshift from 5th to 2nd gear. That's one way to reach your heart rate goal on your FitBit.…

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  3. A lawsuit says Acura is ignoring a significant and immediate safety threat with the 3rd generation MDX and RDX transmissions.

    The 9-speed ZF transmission has numerous acceleration defects and can even throw itself into neutral if the throttle malfunctions while interpreting messages from various input modules.

    The lawsuit points to TSB #PU-15-34 where Acura says a driver may not be able to select any other gears until the vehicle is restarted due to an open circuit in the actuator supply. Acura said a simple software update would fix the problem.

    But according to the plaintiffs it didn't work.

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  4. The fuel pump suppliers say the propellers can crack and deform, partly because they absorb too much fuel and also because of the solvent drying process used during manufacturing.

    Once deformed, the impellers can disable the pumps and cause a sudden shut down of the engine. The recall is expected to begin at the end of July 2020.

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  5. Any hope of a proposed class-action lawsuit for faulty window regulators in certain Acure vehicles has fizzled after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the proposal in a 2-to-1 ruling.

    The plaintiff argued that Honda, parent company of Acura, installed window regulators that are insufficiently strong and insufficiently durable to withstand the forces required to perform [their] intended function. Functions like making sure the dang window doesn't fall into the door, for example.

    The lawsuit originally included the 2000-2011 Acura MDX, Acura TSX, Acura RL and Acura CL but those vehicles were dropped in a last-ditch effort to save the suit.

    It didn't work.

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  6. Acura's parent company, Honda, has reluctantly agreed to settle an oil consumption lawsuit for vehicles with 3.7-liter J37 engines.

    I emphasize reluctant because the automaker says they're closing the book on this case to "avoid the time and expense of ongoing litigation" and says only a small number of customers have filed complaints.

    Despite that rousing show of support for its customers, the settlement will provide relief for out-of-pocket expenses related to consumption issues if the owner can show documentation like oil change receipts. Honda has also agreed to extend its powertrain warranty. CarComplaints.com has a great breakdown of the settlement details in further detail.

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  7. A lawsuit filed in California says newer MDX and RDX SUVs have issues with rapid deceleration, stalled engines, hesitation while accelerating, and transmissions that shift themselves into neutral randomly.

    The alleged problems are caused by miscommunications among the computers and software which control the engines, throttles and transmissions.

    Sounds like a joy to drive.

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  8. Over 2.4 million Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled to replace the Takata non-azide driver-side inflators (NADI) found in certain 1997–2003 models.

    NADI inflators are similar, but somehow even more dangerous to previously recalled Takata products. Both may explode on deployment due to excess moisture build-up, but non-azide inflators can also fail to fully inflate the airbags in a crash.

    It’s a worst-of-both worlds situation and you’ll want to get them out of your vehicle as soon as possible. According to the recall that’ll be sometime in March of 2020.

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  9. A lawsuit alleges that the 2016-2020 MDX and RDX continue to randomly lose engine power, nearly a year after a possibly related fuel pump recall.

    And proving it to a mechanic is nearly impossible as the power almost always comes back on and the vehicle acts like nothing ever happened.

    The plaintiffs believe Acura should expand the scope of previous fuel injection engine control unit software updates.

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  10. The MDX Sport Hybrid's buttons, gauges, and digital display look like they were plucked out of the sale bin at a (now defunct) Toys R' Us, according to Andrew P. Collins over at Jalopnik.

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