Honda recalls 2012 CR-V, 2013 Acura ILX due to faulty door locks

Article by Anita Panait, on July 19, 2012

Honda Motor Co. disclosed Thursday that it is recalling 321,453 CR-V SUVs and Acura ILX sedans around the world to replace faulty door locks. The recall will affect about 20,920 model-year 2012 CR-Vs and around 800 model-year 2013 Acura ILXs in Canada.

According to Honda, simultaneous operation of the driver's or front passenger's inner door handle and either the manual or power door lock may result in the inner door handle release cable becoming partially disengaged.

As a result, the door may not latch when closed or the door may latch and close, but may open when the door locks are operated, Honda said. 

The Japanese carmaker said the situation may cause the affected doors to open unexpectedly. Honda initiated the recall to replace both front door latches and, in some CR-V SUVs, the interior front door handles. A Honda spokesman said that no accidents or injuries have been reported, while declining to reveal the cost of the recall.

2013 Acura ILX compact car is a new entry to the compact class that is poised to lead the Acura brand. The target clients for the latest Acura ILX are those in Generation Y – individuals 20 to 30-years old who want to own luxury cars but are on the lookout for something that fits their budget.

Elegant and athletic, the Acura ILX puts together efficiency, sophistication and performance. While keeping an emphasis on aerodynamically efficient and elegant body design, the ILX showcases a huge and roomy greenhouse that gives exemplary exterior visibility. As a luxury sedan that accommodates five passengers, the Acura ILX mixes compact dimensions with a roomy passenger and cargo space - perfect car characteristics for young professionals that are always in a hurry.

The Acura ILX will showcase three modern, athletic and efficient choices for the powertrain, including Acura's pioneer gas-electric hybrid model. The basic ILX will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine capable of making 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Matched with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed auto transmission, the ILX 2.0L will give a fuel economy EPA number of 24/32 mpg for city or highway driving.

For those who want a more active driving feel, the Acura ILX can be provided with a 2.4-liter engine with an output of 201 hp at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. Testing it head to head with an almost similarly-built six-speed manual transmission, the ILX 2.4L will provide an EPA estimated fuel economy of 20/29 mpg on city or highway driving.

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