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

The Acura ILX just can't seem to catch a break.

From AB

Statement by Acura Regarding Headlight Recall: 2013-2014 Acura ILX
07/08/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.

14,078 model-year 2013-2014 ILX vehicles affected in the U.S.
Halogen projector beam headlights will be replaced, free of charge
One fire was reported after car was parked with engine idling and
lights on for several hours
No related crashes or injuries have been reported

Acura will voluntarily recall 14,078 model-year 2013-2014 ILX vehicles
in the United States to replace both halogen projector beam headlight
assemblies free of charge. When a vehicle is parked with the engine
running and the low-beam headlights on for an extremely long period of
time, the original headlight design may not allow sufficient heat to
escape. Excessive heat buildup in the headlight assembly can cause
deformation and melting of plastic components which could affect
headlight operation and, eventually, result in a fire. One fire was
reported after the ILX had been parked with the headlights on and
engine idling for several hours. No crashes or injuries have been
reported related to this issue.

Acura is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased
an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they
receive notification of this recall from Acura. Mailed notification to
customers will begin in late-July. In addition to contacting customers
by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to
determine if their vehicles require repair by going to or by calling (800) 382-2238 and selecting
option 4.

# # #

RECALL Subject : Headlight Temperatures Causing Fires/FMVSS 108

Report Receipt Date: JUN 13, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V323000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,078
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
ACURA ILX 2013-2014

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

American Honda Motor Co., Inc (Honda) is recalling certain model year
2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012 to March 1,
2013, ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012 to February 7,
2013, and certain model year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2,
2013, to May 31, 2014, and ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October
18, 2013 to February 19, 2014. Excessive heat temperatures around the
headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the
headlight and cause smoke, melting, and fire. Thus, these vehicles
fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated

The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility,
increasing the risk of a crash. Additonally, the excessive heat coming
from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to
overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlights,
free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 28, 2014.
Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-862-2872. Honda's
number for this recall is JE9.

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