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NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,610 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.

2007 Acura MDX steering problems

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2007 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 252015


  • 106,492 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Acura MDX. While driving at 22 mph in inclement weather, the steering wheel seized as the contact veered to the left lane. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,492.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 182015


  • 93,000 miles
Driver noticed smoke coming from engine area while driving, electrical systems started shutting down. Driver was able to pull to side of road, within 1 minute engine was in flames.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 182011

MDX 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
A whining sound is being discovered from the power steering pump/rack area after 30 minutes of drive on highway then slowdowns to the streets. The whining noise gets louder when turning the steering wheel to either left or right (not necessarily all the way). The noise go away after stopping the engine for a couple of hours. Diagnosed at the dealer, found to be a defective part - power steering rack (53601-stx-A01).

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 292011

MDX 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Vehicle has developed leak in rack and pinion and power steering pump is failing at 70,000 miles which caused vehicle to be difficult to steer and could lead to possible accident.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 262010


  • 37,170 miles
My Acura MDX 2007 loses power steering every time it goes through a puddle, puddles as shallow as can be. A beep sounds, an alert stating check your charging system, and the power steering stops functioning. I almost ran into an object at the side of the road a few times as I was turning and this happened.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 192010


  • 35,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2007 Acura MDX 34,000 predominantly highway miles Friday evening, as I was pulling out of a car wash, I heard a clunk, the instrument panel lit up with a "check charging system alarm" and I had no power steering. I immediately stopped and found a belt pulley (later identified by Acura as a "crank pulley) laying in the road just behind the car. I opened the hood and the serpentine belt was not turning, explaining the loss of power steering. Upon investigation, the dealership explained that the outer rim of the pulley is compression fit onto the hub and that the pulley came apart at this compression fit. The hub remained connected to the crank, but without the hub there is no tension provided to the serpentine belt and, hence no power steering (or alternator or A/C for that matter). The local Acura dealership provided a simple repair replacing the pulley, but could not explain why it failed. I contacted Acura's regional case manager [xxx] and asked for a case number [xxx] )to receive feedback from an analysis of the failed part. Why did it fail (root cause) and what should be done to prevent future occurrences? [xxx] replied "that is not going to happen", "I'm closing out this case". I am very concerned about the root cause of this failure. Had my wife or daughter or other weaker person been driving in a more critical situation, losing the power steering while moving could have been a tragic event. The car carrier driver told me that he picked up an MDX with a missing belt pulley just last week. I understand that he is not the authoritative source, but its is enough to increase my level of concern.

- Leland, NC, USA

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