Statement by Acura Regarding Position Light Recall: 2014-2019 Acura MDX

  • Approximately 323,000 vehicles affected in the United States by issue that can cause rear tailgate lid lights and/or exterior position lights to become inoperative due to water intrusion
  • Rear tailgate lid lights will be repaired, or, if needed, replaced, free of charge
  • No related crashes or injuries have been reported

Acura will voluntarily recall approximately 323,000 model-year 2014-2019 MDX vehicles in the United States to repair, or, if needed, replace the rear tailgate lid lights and, if also needed, associated wiring sub harnesses, free of charge.

Due to body variation in tailgate manufacturing, the rear tailgate lid light seals may deform and allow water to leak into the light assemblies and reach certain electrical components. Contact with water can lead to an open circuit, causing rear tailgate lid light failure, and, in some cases, a short circuit that trips the position light fuse, deactivating the exterior position lights and some interior lighting. Without functional rear tailgate lid lights and/or exterior position lighting, a vehicle may not be visible to other traffic at night, increasing the risk of a crash. Acura has received no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

Acura dealers will replace the gasket seals in both rear tailgate lid lights with updated parts, or, if a light is found to be inoperable due to moisture intrusion, replace the lid light assembly and, if also needed, an associated wiring sub harness. The recall repair is free of charge.

Acura is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification from Acura. Mailed notification will occur in early-May 2019. Owners of 2014-2019 MDX vehicles can also determine if their vehicles require repair by visiting or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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