Cars these days contain a complicated array of computers. And just like the computer on your desk or the smartphone in your pocket, things can sometimes go wrong.
But unlike your browser quitting halfway through that cat video everyone’s been talking about, when something goes wrong with a car’s computer the consequences can be a little more dire.
Take the 2014–15 Acura MDX and RLX, for example. They both have a “collision mitigation braking system” that watches the road and hits the brakes if you’re about to crash.
And that’s great when you’re about to slam into somebody’s bumper, less so when the system gets confused by a shiny guardrail that’s 100 feet away.
The drivers behind you aren’t going to appreciate your car coming to an inexplicable stop. You aren’t going to appreciate your leisurely drive turning into the worst day ever.
Patching the Software
Acura is recalling the cars to reprogram that system’s software, but they haven’t specified when the recall will start. They are expected to send out notices to owners soon.
In the meantime, you can bet there’s some Acura programmers who are tossing back a serious amount of Red Bulls while they debug code.
Owners with questions should call Acura at 800–382–2238.