Acura has informed Acura dealers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a potentially dangerous problem with the 2015 Acura TLX V6 as it relates to its 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode.
According to informed sources TFLcar has learned of a stop sale and recall notice issued by Acura that includes approximately 9,500 of the 2015 Acura TLX sedans with the V6 engine. The new 2015 cars cannot be sold until the problem is repaired by the dealership.
According to the notice issued by Acura to their dealer network, “Any new or used vehicles in dealer stock must be repaired prior to sale. Refer to the eResponsibility report or VIN Inquiry status to determine which vehicles in your inventory are affected.”
According to the notice, the transmission indicator can display “Park” without the transmission actually engaging park.
More details below:
“During manufacturing of the 9 speed automatic transmission, it is possible that contamination may cause the parking pawl not to engage or the park rod may have been damaged during assembly and could dislodge, both of which can prevent the transmission from shifting into the Park position. Although the shift indicator will display “Park”, the Park Lock may not engage allowing the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The 2015 Acura TLX has a 290 horsepower 3.5L V6 and the 9-speed automatic transmission that can be purchased with either front wheel drive or Acura’s Super Handling SH-AWD. It is important to note that only the V6 TLX models are affected by this problem. The 2.4L TLX with the 8-Speed DTC transmission is not affected by this problem. While the NHTSA has not yet confirmed this recall, this is just the first step in the formal recall process. It means that potential Acura TLX customers will not be able to purchase the car until the problem is corrected. Furthermore, current owners will need to have their cars repaired by their local Acura dealership.
TFLcar had a chance to sample the V6 with the SH-AWD and it is a competent performer on the test track and on the street. The 9-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and the all-wheel-drive system adjusts torque for best cornering performance.
TFLcar reached out to NHTSA and Acura for comment. NHTSA has not replied. Acura has not denied this report.
Check out this TFLcar test track review video below of the new 2015 Acura TLX V6 that is effected by this transmission problem.