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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,717 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 112013


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Acura MDX. While driving 40 mph, the driver attempted to decelerate but lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle maintained speed despite the brake pedal being depressed and caused the driver to crash into a cement wall. The air bags failed to deploy upon impact but instead, deployed several minutes later. The driver sustained lacerations, a fractured tooth, injuries to the head, wrist, ribs and bruises. The passenger sustained an elevated blood level, bruising, discomfort, and irritated eyes. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 292013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and the RPM increased excessively. The brakes were depressed very hard and the stopped in an open field. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 042011

MDX 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I have Acura MDX 2002. On March 4th, 2011 while trying to park in a parking lot the car suddenly took off (unintended sudden acceleration) hitting the parked car in front and that in turn hit another parked car. Luckily noe was in both the cars. I had no control on the vehicle it kept speeding.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 302010


  • 93,300 miles


My Acura MDX 2002 had a frozen/stuck accelerator pedal that caused the vehicle to throttle high speed upto 50 mph within 30 secs. The car went out of control and could not stop instantly when hit the brakes. Crash caused the property, vehicle damage and accident reported to police and dmv.

- Guilderland, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 302004


  • 51,000 miles
While driving and upon hitting the brakes vehicle continuously accelerated. Consumer's vehicle then hit the back of another vehicle. However, the vehicle could not stop. Hitting the back of a third vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Waldo, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 172004


  • miles
Consumer was driving and all of a sudden the speedometer ran wild. She pulled the vehicle to the side, and turned it off, but the speedometer kept moving as if the vehicle was still running. Consumer then called a tow truck and had the vehicle towed to a Acura dealer, who told her that the problem sounded like the recall that was on this kind of vehicle. Consumer later received a recall. On her vehicle. Consumer did not feel that the problem was been solved, because the RPM gauge did not go back to zero like it did before the above incident. Will take the vehicle back to the dealer for further evaluation.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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