Acura has called a sales halt on its TLX models equipped with the new 9-speed push-button transmission. Dealerships have been ordered to stop selling the cars and await further instructions as Honda prepares a recall on the transmissions for its premium brand.
The problem is in the shifter. The push-button shifter may indicate that it’s in park, but actually be in neutral instead, allowing the car to roll away. In some cases, the transmission is not engaging the parking pawl to hold the vehicle in place when in park.
Honda will be notifying customers who own the car before January 6th about the recall, the company says, and a formal recall announcement and paperwork for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are being created now. This comes on top of software and safety issues that delayed the release of the Acura TLX earlier this year.
Honda has not said whether any accidents or injuries have been related to the TLX transmission failure, nor have they said how many vehicles this may affect.