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Acura recalls 2013-2014 ILX, ILX Hybrid over fire-prone headlamps

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Chris Bruce

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2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

The Acura ILX just can’t seem to catch a break. The Japanese automaker recently decided that the ILX Hybrid would no longer be offered in the US for the 2015 model year. Now, a possibility for fires has also cropped up in the compact luxury sedan. Acura has announced a recall of 14,078 examples from the 2013 and 2014 model years because the headlights could overheat and ignite the car. The company also issued a stop-sale for examples still at dealers until they can be repaired.

The campaign covers ILX and ILX Hybrid models with halogen projector headlights from specific build dates. The problem is that the headlights aren’t cooled sufficiently when the cars aren’t moving. After several hours of sitting with them on, it’s possible for the lights to build up so much heat that they melt and potentially cause a fire.

To Acura’s knowledge, there was only one case of an ILX actually catching fire due to this problem, though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defect notice, a car was idling at a dealer for about two hours when the model went up in flames. The automaker brought the vehicle in for a detailed investigation to find what caused the blaze.

To fix them, Acura will replace both headlights on all of the affected models, and owners will be notified in late July. Scroll down to read Acura’s statement and the NHTSA recall request with the specific build dates of the vehicles. The full defect notice can be downloaded as a PDF, here.

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Acura recalls 2013-2014 ILX, ILX Hybrid over fire-prone headlamps

Posted on by Chris Bruce

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2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

The Acura ILX just can't seem to catch a break. The Japanese automaker recently decided that the ILX Hybrid would no longer be offered in the US for the 2015 model year. Now, a possibility for fires has also cropped up in the compact luxury sedan. Acura has announced a recall of 14,078 examples from the 2013 and 2014 model years because the headlights could overheat and ignite the car. The company also issued a stop-sale for examples still at dealers until they can be repaired.

The campaign covers ILX and ILX Hybrid models with halogen projector headlights from specific build dates. The problem is that the headlights aren't cooled sufficiently when the cars aren't moving. After several hours of sitting with them on, it's possible for the lights to build up so much heat that they melt and potentially cause a fire.

To Acura's knowledge, there was only one case of an ILX actually catching fire due to this problem, though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defect notice, a car was idling at a dealer for about two hours when the model went up in flames. The automaker brought the vehicle in for a detailed investigation to find what caused the blaze.

To fix them, Acura will replace both headlights on all of the affected models, and owners will be notified in late July. Scroll down to read Acura's statement and the NHTSA recall request with the specific build dates of the vehicles. The full defect notice can be downloaded as a PDF, here.

Continue reading Acura recalls 2013-2014 ILX, ILX Hybrid over fire-prone headlamps

Acura recalls 2013-2014 ILX, ILX Hybrid over fire-prone headlamps originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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