Safety Recall: 2014-2019 Acura MDX Inner Taillights

March 28, 2019

Posisble Loss of a Tailgate Lid Light

Loss of the taillights reduces the vehicle’s visibility, increasing the risk of crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V256

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 322,897

 

Summary

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Acura MDX and 2017-2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles. Moisture may enter the tailgate lid lights, possibly causing a loss of the tailgate lid lights and the tailights.

 

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate lid lights and install updated gaskets and a wiring sub-harness or will replace both tailgate lid lights. The repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 29, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is M49.

 

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


Service Bulletin

B19-019
March 29, 2019
Version 1

 

Safety Recall: 2014-19 MDX Inner Taillights

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Year Model Trim VIN Range
2014-19 MDX ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.
2017-19 MDX Sport Hybrid ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.

 

BACKGROUND

An uneven sealing surface allows moisture to enter the inner taillight(s), causing one or all of the taillights not to work.

 

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

Following the inspection procedures and based on the results, do one or more of the following:

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Part Name Quantity Part Number
Right Inner Taillight (Right Lid Light Assembly) 1 34150-TZ5-H03
Left Inner Taillight (Left Lid Light Assembly) 1 34155-TZ5-H03
Right Inner Taillight (Right Lid Light Assembly) (A-Spec) 1 34150-TZ5-A72
Left Inner Taillight (Left Lid Light Assembly) (A-Spec) 1 34155-TZ5-A72
Inner Taillight Repair Kit 1 06340-TZ5-A00
Fuse (7.5 A) (depending on trim level) 1 38221-SNA-A31
Fuse (10 A) (depending on trim level) 1 38221-SNA-A41

 

TOOL INFORMATION

Part Name Part Number Quantity
MDX Taillight Jig Set 07AAG-TZ5A100 1
Right Angle Grinder with 1/4″ Chuck Commercially Available 1

NOTES

  • Two MDX taillight jig sets will be provided to each dealer. The part number is provided only in case additional sets are needed to be ordered.
  • If replacement bits are needed, use ROTOZIP ZB8 1/8″ Drywall Bit or equivalent (Commercially Available).

 

WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION

Operation
Number
Description Flat
Rate
Time
Defect
Code
Symptom
Code
Template
ID
Failed
Part
Number
7140B0 REPAIR PROCEDURE A

Inspect taillight operation, modify left and right inner taillights, and install tailgate sub harness.

0.9 hr 6LL00 M4900 B19019A 34150-TZ5-H02
7140B0 REPAIR PROCEDURE A

Inspect taillight operation, modify left and right inner taillights, and install tailgate sub harness.

0.9 hr 6LL00 M4900 B19019B 34150-TZ5-H02
A Drain water from one or both taillights. 0.2 hr
7141E6 REPAIR PROCEDURE B (NON A-SPEC)

Inspect taillight operation, and replace left and right inner taillights.

0.6 hr 6LL00 M4900 B19019C 34150-TZ5-H02
7141E6 REPAIR PROCEDURE B (A-SPEC)

Inspect taillight operation, and replace left and right inner taillights.

0.6 hr 6LL00 M4900 B19019D 34150-TZ5-H02

Skill Level: Repair Technician

 

INSPECTION PROCEDURE

Turn on the headlights, and check taillight operation.

NOTE

If the fuse is not blown, follow normal system troubleshooting, then do the inspection procedure again.

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE A (MODIFY BOTH INNER TAILLIGHTS)

  1. Open the tailgate.

NOTE

Manually open and close the tailgate. Do not use the power tailgate function (if equipped) during the repair to avoid damaging the tailgate support struts.

  1. Remove the tailgate upper trim panel, then remove the side trim panels.

tailgate trim panel

  1. Remove the pull pocket, and disconnect the power tailgate switch connector.

pull pocket

  1. Remove the tailgate lower trim panel, then disconnect the tailgate light connectors.

tailgate lower trim panel

  1. Disconnect the license sub harness connector, remove the five nuts, release the pins from the clips, then remove the rear license trim.

license sub harness connector

rear license trim

  1. Disconnect both inner taillight connectors.

inner taillight connectors

  1. Remove the two bolts and two nuts behind each inner taillight, then remove the inner taillights.

NOTE

Be sure to completely remove the old inner taillight gasket.

old inner taillight gasket

  1. Place the inner taillight on a soft, clean cloth to prevent lens damage.

clean cloth

  1. Remove the original gasket from the inner taillight, and remove any remaining gasket material/adhesive.

NOTE

Do not use commercial adhesive removing chemicals, they could damage the plastic light body.

original gasket

  1. Hold the inner taillight upright, and check for trapped water.

trapped water

If there is trapped water, remove the top screw and turn the light upside down to drain it. Then, install the screw.

NOTE

Remove as much water as possible, any remaining moisture will eventually evaporate.

Remove as much water as possible

  1. Install the correct cutting guide tool (left side or right side) with the part number and cutting direction arrow facing up.Line up the pin and the screw, install the self-leveling washers and nut (included in the repair kit), and torque it to 4 N-m (3.2 lb-ft).

NOTE

Do not overtighten the nut, this will cause the stud to pull out of the inner taillight.

correct cutting guide tool

  1. Using the flush cut bit attached to a commercially available right angle grinder or similar tool, remove the excess material from the inner taillight housing. Make sure the cutter depth is set to 6 mm. If needed, loosen the set screw and adjust the height and tighten.

NOTE

Not all of the ridge will be removed, a very small portion should remain.

CAUTION
Make sure to wear eye protection and stay away from any flammable materials. They can ignite from the sparks produced from grinding.

remove the excess material

  1. Remove the cutting tool, and clean off any debris.

Remove the cutting tool, and clean off any debris

  1. Clean inner taillight mating surface with isopropyl alcohol, and install the new light gasket. Remove the adhesive tape backing, and attach it to the taillight.

NOTE

The gaskets are marked L for left and R for right. Make sure to use the correct side.

install the new light gasket

  1. Repeat steps 7 thru 14, and modify the second inner taillight.
  2. Install the inner taillights, and torque the nuts and bolts to 4 N-m (3.2 lb-ft).

NOTE

Make sure the gasket is properly attached to the inner taillight.

Install the inner taillights

  1. Install the rear license plate trim. Make sure the grommets are attached to the studs and clips, then connect the connector, and torque the nuts to 9 N-m (3.6 lb-ft).

rear license plate trim

rear license plate trim

  1. Install and route the new inner taillight sub harness (included in the service kit) to the existing tailgate harness as shown.

new inner taillight sub harness

  1. Secure the new inner taillight sub harness. Use the supplied wire ties on each of the white pieces of tape found on the new harness, starting from the center and moving out toward the connectors as shown.

NOTE

Trim any excess from the wire ties.

wire ties

  1. Cut two pieces of the foam tape supplied in service kit as shown.

foam tape

  1. Clean the areas shown below with isopropyl alcohol, and attach the foam tape pieces. Then, secure the harness and connectors to the body with aluminum tape as shown.

NOTE

To prevent water intrusion, make sure the foam tape covers the entire connector. The aluminum tape should wrap around the foam wrapped connector to the back side of the metal, this will prevent rattles.

aluminum tape

  1. Make sure all of the taillights come on. If any of them do not come on, check all of the connections and the small light fuse again.
  2. Install the tailgate trim and any other removed parts in the reverse order of removal.

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE B (REPLACE BOTH INNER TAILLIGHTS)

  1. Open the tailgate.

NOTE

Manually open and close the tailgate. Do not use the power tailgate function (if equipped) during the repair to avoid damaging the tailgate support struts.

  1. Remove the tailgate upper trim panel, then remove the side trim panels.

tailgate trim panel

  1. Remove the pull pocket, and disconnect the power tailgate switch connector.

pull pocket

  1. Remove the tailgate lower trim panel, then disconnect the tailgate light connectors.

tailgate lower trim panel

  1. Disconnect the license sub harness connector, remove the five nuts, release the pins from the clips, then remove the rear license plate trim.

license sub harness connector

rear license plate trim

  1. Disconnect both inner taillight connectors.

inner taillight connectors

  1. Remove the two bolts and two nuts behind each inner taillight, then replace both inner taillights and torque the nuts and bolts to 4 N-m (3.2 lb-ft)

NOTE

Be sure to completely remove the old inner taillight gasket. The new inner taillight will come with a new gasket installed.

old inner taillight gasket

  1. Connect the inner taillight connectors.

inner taillight connectors

  1. Install the rear license trim. Make sure the grommets are attached to the studs and clips, then connect the connector, and torque the nuts to 9 N-m (3.6 lb-ft).

rear license trim

rear license trim

  1. Make sure all of the taillights come on. If any of them do not, check all of the connections and the small light fuse again.
  2. Install the tailgate trim and any other removed parts in the reverse order of removal.

END


9 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
ACURA MDX 2014-2019
ACURA MDX SPORT HYBRID 2017-2019

4 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – March 29, 2019 Subject Safety Recall: 2014-19 MDX and 2017-19 MDX Sport Hybrid Inner Taillight(s)

RCMN-19V256-9003.pdf 148.113KB

Download (PDF, 145KB)


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V256-6028.pdf 245.174KB

Download (PDF, 239KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V256-2915.pdf 2264.946KB

Download (PDF, 2.16MB)


DEFECT INFORMATION REPORT

RMISC-19V256-4861.pdf 145.608KB

Download (PDF, 142KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V256&docType=RCL


 

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