Acura is a popular automobile choice for California residents. It was founded back in 1986 and is a Japanese luxury automobile brand. In the 2000s, Acura launched its original SUV models as well as crossover SUVs and other models that included features such as a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system and Jewel Eye LED headlights.
The 2016 NSX vehicle came out with a hybrid engine and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. Acura is marketed with the slogan, “Acura. Precision Crafted Automobiles.” This car brand rivals with Nissan and Toyota. Acura is also involved in motorsports, specifically in the Sports Car Club of America.
While Acura is a popular automobile company and many people enjoy driving their cars, drivers might find that Acura cars pose dangers. Most recently, there has been concern regarding the airbag control units in certain Acura vehicles and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating these control units since 2018.
The Acura models that are under investigation currently are the 2014-2019 RLX, the 2015-2017 TLX, and the 2012-2014 TSX models. The NHTSA started investigating these airbags after similar airbag control units used in Toyota Corollas did not deploy in major car accidents.
Acura had to issue a series of recalls from 2003 through 2010 on vehicles that had defective airbag inflators. Almost 12 million vehicles with this defect had to be recalled in order to replace the airbag brands.
Acura also had to issue a series of recalls on its 2015 TLX sedans, because the automatic transmission was not shifting into park due to the park lock disengagement. There was another recall in 2017 on TLX sedans due to the transmission wire harness connection, which was causing the transmission to unexpectedly shift.
Under California civil law, a defective vehicle needs to be repaired in a reasonable number of attempts, or the manufacturer must replace or repurchase the vehicle. This law is called “lemon law,” and it requires the vehicle to conform with the manufacturer’s express warranty when there are recalls or defects. This includes vehicles that are bought or leased.
If you have purchased or leased an Acura vehicle and you have had to deal with breakdowns or mechanical problems that put your safety at risk, you may be entitled to repair or replacement of your vehicle. For questions and help regarding California law, your car defects or recalls, or assistance for relief, contact Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP today.
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