Honda Motor Co. has ordered its dealers in the United States to stop sales of a nine-speed version of its 2015 Acura TLX as the parking lock may fail to engage and the sedan may roll away even while in park mode, the carmaker said in a statement on its Web site. Honda is planning to commence sending recall notifications to customers on Jan. 6, 2015.
The stop-sale order comes after Honda recalled its Fit models in Japan over software glitches and at least 13 million vehicles fitted with possibly faulty Takata Corp. airbags. The problem will be the latest for Honda since President Takunobu Ito took 20-percent pay cut for three months to show apology for quality issues that has been dogging the Japanese carmaker.
Satoru Takada, an auto analyst at Toward the Infinite World Inc., told Bloomberg that Honda is creating “a lot of challenges for themselves” and is over-stretched. He noted that recalls related to Takata airbags and the Fit has made Honda extremely sensitive about any possible quality issue.
Honda spokesman said they are still probing whether there are any accidents related to the packing lock defect. The carmaker had already delayed the rollout of the 2015 Acura TLX from the first half of 2014 to August to make sure that its features -- including its new software and safety technology -- were ready.
The TLX is Acura’s second best-selling model, with deliveries of 15,293 sedans recorded since its launch.