B2B – Safety Recall: High Mount Brake Light – 2017 Acura NSX

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V599
Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number of Units Affected 793

 

Loss of Brake Lights/FMVSS 108

Brake lights that do not work increase the risk of a crash.

 

Summary

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Acura NSX vehicles. Road vibrations may cause the metal screws that secure the printed circuit board for the high mounted center brake light to loosen and contact the circuitry, possibly resulting in the brake light fuse blowing and the brake lights not functioning. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

 

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the center high mount brake light, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners may contact Acura Client Relations at 1-844-682-2872. Honda’s number for this recall is B2B.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

Check if your Acura has a Recall

 


B18-049
September 12, 2018
Version 2

Safety Recall: High Mount Brake Light

Supersedes 18-049, dated September 8, 2018, to include the Repair Procedure, Parts Information, and Warranty Claim Information

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Year Model Trim VIN Range
2017 NSX ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.

 

BACKGROUND

There is an internal issue with the circuit board in the high mount brake light (center high mount brake light). This may cause all the brake lights to stop working, turn on several indicators, and the vehicle may not start. If the brake lights stop working, this may reduce the braking visibility from behind, increasing the potential risk of a collision.

 

CLIENT NOTIFICATION

Owners of affected vehicles will be sent a notification of this campaign.

Do an iN VIN status inquiry to make sure the vehicle is shown as eligible.

Some vehicles affected by this campaign may be in your new or used vehicle inventory.

Failure to repair a vehicle subject to a recall or campaign may subject your dealership to claims or lawsuits from the client or anyone else harmed as a result of such failure. To see if a vehicle in inventory is affected by this safety recall, do a VIN status inquiry before selling it.

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Replace the high mount brake light.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Part Name Part Number Quantity
High Mount Brake Light Assembly 34270-T6N-A03 1
High Mount Brake Light Kit (Includes flange nuts, door lining clips, template, and cardboard shims) 06100-T6N-A00 1

 

TOOL INFORMATION

Part Name Part Number Quantity
14 mm Rotabroach Cutter (included in the Metric Rotabroach Master Hole Cutting Kit) BLR11201SO 1
3 mm ( 1/8 in.) Drill Stop Collar (commercially available) SBS8865A132 1
Hex L-Key 3/32 in. (commercially available) SBS7122A42 1
3 mm (1/8 in.) Drill Bit (commercially available) SBS2901A115 1
Rear Fender Cover Set 07AAZ-T6NA200 1

 

NOTES

  • Each dealer should have a Rotabroach kit. If you need additional kits, contact the Honda Tool and Equipment Program at 888-424-6857.
  • Each dealer received at least one 3 mm (1/8 in.) drill bit, one drill stop collar, and one hex L-key free of charge. If you need any additional drill tools, purchase them through your local tool supplier.

 

WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION

Operation Number Description Flat Rate Time Defect Code Symptom Code Template ID Failed Part Number
7141E4 Replace the high mount brake light (no drilling required). 0.3 hr 6SL00 B2B00 B18049A 34270-T6N-A02
7141E5 Replace the high mount brake light (drilling required). 1.2 hrs 6SL00 B2B00 B18049B 34270-T6N-A02

 

Skill Level: Repair Technician

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE

  1. Open the rear hatch.
  2. Disconnect the 12-volt battery using the terminal disconnection procedure. Refer to the service information.
  3. Install the NSX fender covers.

NSX fender covers

 

  1. Install another fender cover over the engine bay area. Secure the cover using automotive masking tape to the top of the rear glass area under the hatch as shown.

 

NOTES

  • The cover prevents any hardware or tools from falling into the engine area.
  • This cover is not part of the fender cover set. Use an extra cover to protect the engine area.

NSX fender covers

 

  1. Remove the four high mount brake light mounting nuts.
    • If all 4 nuts come off, go to step 6.
    • If any of the nuts do not come off, the captive bolts are spinning. Go to the High Mount Brake Light Drilling and Removal Procedure to remove the bolts and the high mount brake light.

 

NOTICE

  • If the nuts spin and do not come off, stop. Continuing to spin the nuts may damage the roof.
  • Do not try to pry the high mount brake light or the nuts. If you try to pry the light, you may damage or bend the aluminum body.

High Mount Brake Light

 

  1. Remove the high mount brake light.

6.1 Close the hatch.

6.2 Before removing the high mount brake light, apply masking tape around the edges of the C-pillar and the roof to protect the paint.

apply masking tape around the edges of the C-pillar and the roof

 

6.3 Remove the high mount brake light.

 

NOTICE

Do not pry up on the high mount brake light face. Carefully insert the appropriate trim tool under the high mount brake light.

Carefully insert the appropriate trim tool

 

6.4 Disconnect the connector.

 

  1. Replace the two clips indicated below.

Replace the two clips

 

  1. Install the new high mount brake light.

8.1 Connect the connector.

8.2 Install the high mount brake light.

8.3 Install, and torque the new mounting nuts to 9 N·m (3.6 lb-ft).

  1. Do the 12-volt battery terminal reconnection procedure.

 

High Mount Brake Light Drilling and Removal Procedure

 

NOTE

Use this drilling procedure only on the nuts that you could not remove.

  1. Place another fender cover over the roof, and secure it with masking tape. Apply masking tape to the C pillars surrounding the perimeter of the high mount brake light.

 

NOTE

Make sure the windows are closed and the fender cover fully covers the engine compartment area. The drilling process creates debris that may fall into the interior or the engine compartment.

Apply masking tape to the C pillars surrounding the perimeter of the high mount brake light

 

  1. Close the hatch, and tape a protective cover to protect the hatch glass.

Close the hatch, and tape a protective cover to protect the hatch glass

 

  1. Using the template provided in the kit (P/N 06100-T6N-A00), line up the template with the high mount brake light.
    • Make sure the edge marked FR faces the front of the vehicle.

 

Using the template provided in the kit (P/N 06100-T6N-A00), line up the template

 

  • Line up the LOCATING DATUM with the front left corner of the high mount brake light.
  1. Insert the four cardboard guides (included in the kit) between the high mount brake light and the template where the mounting bolts are located (as indicated by the shaded parts of the template).
  2. Make sure the front edge of the template contacts the cardboard guides, then secure the template with masking tape.
  3. Drill the pilot hole(s) in the high mount brake light.

6.1 Place a drill collar(drill stop) on a 3 mm drill bit. Secure the collar 11 mm from the cutting tip.

drill collar(drill stop)

 

6.2 Carefully drill a hole in the center of the applicable holes marked on the template.

 

NOTES

  • Only drill the holes where you could not remove the nut.
  • The high mount brake light is made of thin, soft plastic. Do not use a lot of force as the drill bit will cut through the material easily.
  • Do not drill deeper than 11 mm as you may damage the body.

Only drill the holes where you could not remove the nut

 

6.3 Remove the template.

 

6.4 If you are drilling either of the outer nuts on the high mount brake light (holes closest to the C-pillar) follow these steps:

outer nuts

 

6.4.1 Install the two stop washers in the Rotabroach kit. Measure and confirm that the distance between the cutting edge of the Rotabroach bit and washers is 23 mm.

6.4.2 Create a soft depth gauge on the 14 mm Rotabroach bit by wrapping it with tape. Wrap the tape 11 mm from the cutting edge of the Rotabroach bit.

6.4.3 Carefully drill the hole to a depth of 11 mm.

 

NOTE

Drilling the outer holes deeper than 11 mm may cause damage to the body.

Drilling the outer holes deeper than 11 mm may cause damage to the body

 

6.5 If you are drilling either of the inner nuts on the high mount brake light follow these steps:

inner nuts

 

5.6.1 Remove any tape from the 14 mm Rotabroach bit.

 

NOTES

  • The distance from the cutting edge of the Rotabroach bit to the large washer surface should measure 23 mm.
  • Drilling the inner holes deeper than 23 mm may cause damage to the body.

Drilling the inner holes deeper than 23 mm may cause damage to the body

 

6.5.2 Carefully drill the hole to a depth of 23 mm (the large washer will meet the high mount brake light surface).

  1. Open the hatch.
  2. Remove the applicable nut(s) by placing a flat head (flat tip) screwdriver against the edge of the bolt head to hold it in place while removing the nut.

Remove the applicable nut(s) by placing a flat head (flat tip) screwdriver against the edge of the bolt head to hold it in place while removing the nut

 

  1. Remove the high mount brake light.

 

NOTE

Do not pry up on the high mount brake light face. Carefully insert the appropriate trim tool under the high mount brake light.

9.1 Close the hatch.

9.2 Remove the high mount brake light.

Carefully insert the appropriate trim

 

9.3 Disconnect the connector.

 

  1. Vacuum any debris present from the drilling, and carefully remove the covers on the roof, the hatch glass, and the engine to prevent any material from falling into the engine area.
  2. Replace the two clips indicated below.

Replace the two clips

 

  1. Install the new high mount brake light.

12.1 Connect the connector.

12.2 Install the high mount brake light.

12.3 Install, and torque the new mounting nuts to 9 N·m (3.6 lb-ft).

  1. Do the 12-volt battery terminal reconnection procedure.

END


B18-049

Version 2

September 12, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCRIT-18V599-5211.pdf

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B18-049

Version 1

September 8, 2018

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Manufacturer Notice

September 12, 2018

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Manufacturer Notice

September 8, 2018

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Statement by Acura Regarding Center High Mount Brake Light Recall: 2017 Acura NSX

Sept. 8, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RMISC-18V599-4150.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

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DEFECT INFORMATION REPORT

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RMISC-18V599-0242.pdf

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Recall Acknowledgement

September 24, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCAK-18V599-3258.pdf

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