2014 Acura MDX steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,035 miles

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2014 Acura MDX steering problems

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2014 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 022016


  • 29,000 miles


Power steering eps problem while driving and loosing steering.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 062015


  • 5,000 miles
Intermittent motor noise from behind dash with recent 3 second simultaneous steering wheel lockup resulting in my loss of steering control. Reported the issues to dealer twice, but they could not replicate the issue and concluded no issue in my car.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 032016


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Acura MDX. While making a left turn out of a parking space, a sudden clicking noise was heard from the steering column. The steering wheel suddenly became locked and could not be turned to the right. The driver immediately depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle lunged to the right and hit the curb. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 10/26/16

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #15

Apr 152015


  • 18,000 miles


The steering appears like it is rubbing against something while backing or driving forward at low speeds. The transmission step down randomly as if something is slipping out. Have noticed it when turning and accelerating most of the times.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #14

Dec 122014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
All dash lights came on and power steering went. Dealership says it is okay and a misfire. 2/2/15 same thing happened, AWD, power steering, and brakes went. Then the car stopped running and wouldn't start. An hour later it started again and alarms were off. The dealership also had to replace the transmission at 4K miles. Car doesn't sense key sometimes and won't start. Locks on its own. Heated seats won't turn on/off. Car makes weird noise when making sharp turns and wheels pull straight.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #13

May 251999

MDX 6-cyl

  • 4,800 miles
Defect shows as immediate loss of toe alignment in both front tires, lane keep assist computerized feature in unable to turn steering wheel right, and steering wheel position sensor is unable to remain fixed at zero. Steering wheel position sensor: Forces the vehicle into oncoming traffic by automatically during front wheels two and five degrees with maximum turning force applied when the road presents any combination of curved, tilted, and bumpy condition. Steering wheel hand sensor ? computer applied over-steer forces the car left or right several degrees depending on hand position. Ids: Three settings force steering wheel several degrees left or right during braking depending on last applied steering adjustment. When the road is a combination of curved, substantially sloped, or bumpy the computer will apply maximum computerized turning force to move steering wheel up to 45 degrees left into oncoming traffic even when the road slopes and/or curves away from oncoming traffic. A series of software command conflicts and overrides between ids, steering wheel position sensor, steering wheel sensor for hand position, radar, and road position sensor, and other-vehicle sensors routinely cause the computer to perform unintended drive into incoming traffic with maximum computer applied force. Manufacturer refused to provide dealers computer diagnostic equipment that aligns steering wheel sensor with navigation computer, radar, internal/external sensors, ids, and steering wheel hand sensor unless the consumer is willing to pay $700 in equipment transfer costs. Manufacturer demands dealers deny service or avoid writing work orders that contain any indication of a problem with steering wheel sensor, radar, computer-integrated hardware, or ids. Instead verbalize computer-related issues with repair techs to avoid regulatory reporting and California lemon law requirements.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 072015

MDX 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


While making a left hand turn at slow speed, steering locked and the wheel had to be forced back the other direction, barely avoiding a tree. Car makes intermittent but considerable noise/rubbing while turning (noise lasts about 2 seconds). Took it to dealership today (proctor Acura) and dealership could find no issues with steering. Also could not replicate the noise/problem. Nothing repaired and no explanation given.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 122014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 7,400 miles
I have an 2014 sh-AWD advance with entertainment package. After having vehicle a few months I made a call about noise coming from outside of car when backing and/or pulling forward like doing a 3 point turn. Was told it was normal for this vehicle. I asked when taking vehicle for first maintenance about grinding noise and told that these cars do that and was not a problem. I have been having issues that when pulling forward with wheels only slightly turned that there is a noise and alot of resistance in the steering. On one occasion at around 13,000 miles while parking, the steering made noise and jerked wheel back opposite of way I needed to go almost caused me to hit another car. Taking into service for 2nd maintenance and will once again point out this problem and see if anything can be done because this is happening more frequently and becoming more aggressive with car taking over my steering control.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #10

Nov 262014


  • 15,000 miles
The car has periodically shown an alert indicating an imminent activation of the automatic braking safety system when nothing has been in front of the car. Today, it did it this morning, and then later in the morning, while driving 30 mph, the car cut off, making it inoperable and it stopped in a travel lane of a busy road. We were able to re-start it long enough to navigate off the road to a safe location, and it promptly cut off again. After that, it wouldn't run for more than 30 seconds. Every warning imaginable (power steering problem, lane keep assist problem, emission system problem, vehicle stability assist problem, hill start assist problem) was displaying on the information panel in sequential order. We had the vehicle towed to an Acura dealership for inspection/repair.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #9

Feb 162014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Since the vehicle was 2 months old with ~2,000 miles, about once every other week, there is a significant steering problem. This typically happens in a parking lot or pulling out of my driveway. As you get to the height of the turn (ready to let the wheel turn back), there is a loud rubbing noise that sounds like a tire hitting the wheel well. At the same time the steering wheel vibrates and the steering wheel does not spin back. I have to use force to spin the wheel back towards center. This typically happens for 2 seconds, and then everything is normal again. I can not duplicate the problem using the same exact actions. I have had 2 quite dangerous situations due to this. See below for details: Oon the road waiting to take a left turn as traffic was coming the other direction. Someone coming the other direction flashed their lights and waived me to turn in front of them. I turned left, and just as I was at the peak, and letting the wheel turn back to center, I got the rubbing, vibration, and lack of steering. I quickly turned the wheel back myself, barely missing a car coming in the other direction. Oi was in the parking lot of the office that I work at, and was taking a right turn from a stop out of the parking garage. As I was at the peak, and letting the wheel turn back to center, I got the rubbing, vibration, and lack of steering. With that, I nearly hit the curb on the right where there was someone walking on the sidewalk. The vehicle has been to the dealer 4 times for this problem. The first time it was reproduced, and they replaced the cable reel. This did not fix the problem. The final time that it was brought to the dealer, it was in response to my lemon law claim. The dealer kept the vehicle for a few days, and I was told that the issue could not be reproduced, and my lemon law claim was denied.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 152014

MDX 6-cyl

  • miles


Approximately the middle of November, the hydraulic steering system started making loud screeching noises when it was started and the column self adjusted. Also when the vehicle column went back in after shutting off the vehicle. I have 3 separate videos if needed.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #7

Sep 082014


  • 12,000 miles
Car put into reverse, wheel cranked all the way, and then noise hits when turning the wheel back other way. Brief grinding noise with steering wheel. Say I back out, and turn the wheel to full lock. Turning wheel to opposite direction causes a brief buzzing noise that's under a second. Doesn't always happen. Notice it most when I pull out in reverse to full lock, go to drive, and turn wheel in other direction. Doesn't matter if I'm in comfort/normal/sport mode. It's almost like something's rubbing/grinding or something. Loud clunk at low speed when turning. Mostly happens when turning into driveway, at about 3 mph. Took it to dealership to have it checked and was told nothing was wrong or rubbing. Couldn't replicate issue.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 072014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 4,100 miles
Backing out from parking spot, steering locked up, brakes failed and car kept moving despite maximum application of brakes. Had to turn the power off to stop the car.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 032014


  • 11,513 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Acura MDX. While driving at low speeds, the power steering failed. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and made a high pitched buzzing sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the results were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 11,513.

- Dunbarton, NH, USA

problem #4

Oct 162013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Happens more often when exiting a parking space (steering to the max, then going straight) but also when when taking a sharp turn. The steering locks and makes a grinding noise for couple seconds making it very hard to maneuver. The problem as been reproduced and acknowledge by dealer service, but no fix has been applied.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012014


  • 1,575 miles
Dash warning lights coming on : brake problems. ABS light problems, hill asst. Problem, lane departure warning, front collision warning, these system stop working when driving at various speeds! dealer can't find the problem!

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 032014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
On highway going downhill and curves, the steering wheel horribly shakes and vehicle feels very unsafe to drive (wobbly). Felt almost like if brakes were bad but it is not the brake (brakes have almost decent amount of pads). Tires are good too. After the incident, equipped telescoping steering wheel makes loud squeaky noise when it is retracting

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 072013


  • 250 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Acura MDX. The contact heard an intermittent noise behind the dashboard. While making a turn at various speeds, the power steering seized and caused temporary loss of control. Initially, the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The dealer later discovered that the steering motor could be the cause of the failure; however, there was no remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 250.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

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