2013 Acura MDX electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,119 miles

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2013 Acura MDX electrical problems

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2013 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 302015


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, smoke started to emit from under the hood of the vehicle and into the vehicle. The contact merged to the side of the road where the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the flames. A fire report was filed and stated that the failure was due to an electrical problem. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 052013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 3,272 miles
A 2013 Acura MDX vehicle (advance model) was bought in the Acura dealer on July 27, 2013. Starting on October 2013, strong smell of fumes has sporadically been sensed inside the vehicle, making it uncomfortable to breathe. Since November 5, 2013, the vehicle has been in and out of the shop (three times) to target the cause of the fumes. The smell of fumes inside the cabin are sensed not only while driving at 10mph, 40mph, or 60mph but also on short distance rides, during rainy days and while waiting for a light to change (the smell was also sensed outside the vehicle when the windows were down). On the second service appointment, the shop verified the A/C system and the recirculation case of the air conditioning (A/C) system was sealed; but it did not correct what was causing the sporadic smell of fumes. The vehicle has been in the shop since December 23 and not returned since they do not find why the vehicle emits such strong fumes that surpassed the A/C system. The vehicle has hardly been used due to the safety and health concern. As of today, the problem with the vehicle has not been detected nor corrected.

- Dorado, PR, USA

problem #1

Jul 262013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 75,086 miles
Back-up camera video / navigation module, and stereo / clock screens remained blank after starting engine, placing car in reverse gear and moving slowly down driveway in an approximate time frame of 3-4 minutes. All screens continued to be blank after exiting driveway, stopping, then placing car in drive and traveling 5-7 mph on street. Stopped vehicle at stop sign after traveling 200 yards. Re-engaged reverse, then drive gears with foot on brake. Both screens finally activated, showing correct time and bluetooth connection status on stereo screen, as well as rear camera video picture on nav module screen while reverse gear engaged. Similar incidents have occurred on two prior occasions since purchasing this used vehicle in May 2012.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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