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NHTSA — Steering Problems

9.7

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
556 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.

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2016 Acura MDX steering problems

steering problem

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2016 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152016

MDX

  • 1,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At 1300 miles. Vehicle exhibited a condition where the entire electrical system failed, triggering alerts for every system. Emissions, stability, every safety function, brakes, steering. Vehicle went into some kind of failsafe mode where the transmission did not shift well at all, and the car was barely drivable. Vehicle did this twice over a weekend. Took it to Acura, and after an analysis they blamed "bad gas." This is an excuse as the vehicle only had 1300 miles on it and had only had 2 fill ups, and both were with top tier premium gasoline. In addition, I do not believe some "bad" gas should cause the entire vehicle to go completely haywire shutting every system off. This seems to be a major flaw if so. However, as I don't believe the analysis that it was "bad gas", I think Acura handled the situation wrong and is simply using an excuse rather then determining why some sort of electrical condition caused this massive failure of the vehicle.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 222015

MDX

  • miles
While traveling on city and highway roadways, the vehicle wants to drastically veer to the left on sections of roads sloped to the left. You need to constantly apply pressure to the wheel to keep the vehicle from veering to the left. The vehicle is aligned correctly for roads sloped to the right. While vehicle was in the dealership to investigate the problem 3 times with no fix, other MDX's driven as loaners acted the same. The dealer stated on third repair summary that road tested vehicle and stated vehicle tracking and steering normally compared to other MDX's. the vehicle is still veering to the left as before. Driving long distances is not enjoyable with the constant steering compensation required.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 022015

MDX

  • 368 miles
On 9/3/15, I was pulling into my garage when all the warning lights on the dashboard went off - transmission, check engine, lane detection light etc. Since I was going out of town the next morning, I put it in reverse and drove directly to the dealer. The car was in "limp mode" and I could only drive 35-40 mph. I showed the tech in the service dept. All the warning lights going off, and he said he had never seen anything like this before. He wrote up a work order with the following info: Inspect for check engine light on, check engine light flashing and every warning light in the vehicle is on, would not accelerate over 35 mph. The following day I was contacted by the service dept. And was told they could not find a problem; there were no lights on, they even drove it for 40 miles. The service dept. Said they are only allowed to hold the car for five days. Today, 9/8/25 I picked up the car. The dealer's invoice reads: Cause: Light on 123505 diagnostic trouble codes/programmed fuel injection (pgm-fi) retrieve codes with the hds, read data, 74 WA3. Inspected for check engine light on, found dtc P0303 (cylinder # 3 misfire) recorded freeze data and cleared codes, at time of inspection vehicle was running perfectly, test drove vehicle twice on extended test drives and engine ran perfectly, no dtcs are reset no problem is present at this time. Since the service dept. Could not find the problem and fix it, this means the car has not been repaired and I am driving a defective car. The next time the warning lights go on, I could be travelling on a crowded freeway at a high rate of speed (with my family inside), the car goes in to "limp mode - 35 mph and an accident occurs. This is a safety issue. How can Acura manufacture a $50,000 car and their dealership not be able to find the problem and repair it?

- Inverness, IL, USA

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