2012 Acura TL steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2012 Acura TL is showing an early trend of suspension problems, with owners reporting clunking or grinding sounds.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,731 miles

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2012 Acura TL steering problems

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2012 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 032017


  • 95,000 miles


When driving my car at 60 mph the power steering failure notification was displayed on the console. Immediately I lost all power steering and was forced to drive without it. This was very dangerous and difficult to drive. The mechanice repeated the problem and requires the power steering motor to be replaced.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 142016


  • 60,000 miles
Car is 4.5 years old, trouble free. Drove car at noon, no problem. Left work at night with temp 8C and car started. Computer showed power steering failure, and power steering was not working. Stopped car and restarted it. Ps then worked. Stopped/restarted 4-5 times, no problem. I checked under the hood and there was no apparent problem, no fluid sprayed around etc.

- Mississauga, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 062016


  • 34,900 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Acura TL. The contact stated the eps warning light flashed, the steering wheel was tight and there was a loss of power steering. The contact was in the process of exiting a roadway and was able to pull into a parking lot to turn off the vehicle and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 34,900.

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 182014


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and the steering wheel lock warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and functioned as normal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the electronic power steering computer needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Phillips Ranch, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 232013

TL 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
I am submitting my complaint here because, all North american Acura are built same and has same safety/problems. Please excuse my info on address since there was no entry for Ontario, Canada. ===========encounter with the problem click or pop sound comes out of steering wheel column when steering is on center and when I start to steer a little bit to left or right. Please see the video - youtu.be/evpahlxxv5Y or for detailed follow ups please see - TL.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?T=881249================2nd - I complained to Acura Canada they said elevating the problem to higher level will start by reporting to dealership. =================3rd - dealer visit above problem was presented technician who went on the test drive with me to replicate the problem stated although, he sees what the problem is, it is normal and the problem is effecting all Acura so, he refuse to do any work on it because it is normal ============================4th failed attempt, I have called Acura Canada again the person (client services) said - he suggested visiting other dealership in vicinity to get second opinion and see if they will authorize the replacement (I do not wish to travel around whole city to beg for warranty) - there is nothing he can do to authorize the replacement since dealership (hands and legs of Acura Canada) thinks it is normal and replacing them would not relieve the issue - he would pass the info along so, it will be known to future dev. Of Acura bottom line - who am I relying on here for warranty" where should I be contacting now? or should I just shut up and live with it like the dealership and Acura Canada said"

- Toronto, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 262013

TL 4-cyl

  • 299 miles
Purchased car on 01/21/2013. Was back at dealer on 01/26/2012 due to a weird vibration at high speeds (50-80 mph). Long story short they have balanced the tires like 3 times and put new tires but it is still vibrating not as much but still. Going back to dealer to see what they have to say this time.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 222012

TL 6-cyl

  • 6,650 miles
Got electric power steering (eps) warning light and lost the power assist. Could not reset and had to drive car to dealer with no power assist. Very difficult to steer at low speed.

- Jericho, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 192012

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
12/19/2012 9am, I was driving California freeway (110) about 30 miles/hr. Weather was clear, road was dry and no pot holes. I got "power steering warning" lights/beeps and I could not steer the car. It was very stiff to steer and I barely pulled over to the curve.(engine was still running). And I stopped the engine and turned back on then the problem disappeared. But it was the scary experience on the freeway. I took my car to the dealer, santa monica Acura and left overnight for troubleshoot. Next day, the service adviser told me that they could not duplicate the problem, ran all the tests and contacted "tech service" but nothing abnormal found. They said it is ok to drive. My concern is what if it happens again on the curvy road at high speed and I lose the control of steering.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

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