2000 Acura TL
NHTSA Defect Investigations
The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2000 Acura TL, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:
INVESTIGATION: IGNITION-PARK INTERLOCK
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05002
Component(s): Electrical System
Summary: The above failure report counts are for model year (MY) 1999 - 2001 Honda Accord models that were not within the scope of a related Honda recall action (NHTSA 03V423); these vehicles were investigated by ODI under defect petition (dp) 04-006.complaint information for other models and model years was not obtained by ODI.the noted population indicates the number of vehicles (including the MY 2002 Accord plus the Prelude and TL models) that are within the scope of Honda's new recall (NHTSA 05V-025, Honda P68, P69); 402,525 of these were investigated in DP04-006.seepart 573 documents related to 05V-025 for further detail on other models and MYs.ODI notes that, according to Honda's analysis, interlock system warranty rates for the TL and Prelude models involved in 05V-025 are similar to those of the Accord models.information provided by Honda during DP04-006 indicates that certain vehicles containing interlock systems made by its Japanese lock manufacturing facility may contain defective internal components.in combination with certain wear and usage factors, this may lead to a condition that prevents the system from blocking removal of the ignition key when the vehicle is not in park.if the driver leaves the transmission in a non-park position and fails to set the hand brake when parking, the vehicle may roll away and crash.interlock systems manufactured by Honda's U.S. lock manufacturer do not appear to contain this defect and are therefore not included in the recall action. In a letter dated January 27, 2005, Honda advised that it will conduct a safety recall to either upgrade (for operative systems) or repair (for inoperative systems) subject interlock systems with new design level components that do not contain the defect.
INVESTIGATION: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SUDDEN DOWNSHIFT
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02081
Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission
Summary: See attached report.