Although common problems always arise when automakers launch a new model, the true test comes down to determining the issue and solving it quickly and painlessly. The 2010 Acura ZDX has been on sale since late last year, but Acura recently found a problem with the instrumentÂ panel design that led to the recall. The recall applies to about 1,850 vehicles, and the owners of affected vehicles will be notified later this month by mail.
The recall is a result of a problem detected in the manufacturing process that could affect the deployment of the passenger side airbag. The instrument panel material lacks the proper laser etching designed to create a weak spot for the passenger airbag to deploy. Without this etching, the airbag could improperly deploy or fail to break through the instrument panel altogether which could cause safety problems and a lack of proper occupant protection. The lack of laser etching was noticed during a manufacturing quality check process
To remedy the situation, Acura will need to inspect the 1,850 vehicles to determine which failed to get the laser etchings. In cases where the defect is present, the entire instrument panel will require need to be replaced with a properly built part. Following the fiasco with Toyota, it seems like other automakers are quicker to announce a recall, and while no automaker wants to issue recalls, especially on brand-new models, Acura looks like it took this defect in stride and provided detailed information to avoid any confusion on the matter.
In addition to the aforementioned mailer that all affected owners will receive, vehicle owners can also inquire as to their ZDX by calling Acura at (800) 362-2238 or by visiting http://owners.acura.com/recalls/ and entering their ZDX's vehicle identification number. As is the case with all recalls and vehicle service procedures, for best results and quicker service, it is recommended to make an appointment with your area Acura dealer. For a fast and easy search for an Acura dealership in your area, check out the Autotropolis.com Car Dealer Locator tool.