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TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda executives late last week announced they're recalling approximately 167,000 Acura TSX vehicles to replace a power steering hose.

The automaker indicated that affected TSX vehicles are from the 2004 through 2008 model years sold in the United States. Each recalled unit is equipped with the 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine.

Brand officials explained the repair involves installing a new power steering hose, o-ring gasket and fluid. They emphasized the repairs are to be completed at no cost to the vehicle owner.

The automaker pointed out the recall is being conducted due to the potential for premature deterioration of the exterior surface of the hose. It believes the condition is a result of prolonged exposure to high under-hood temperatures.

In the event of excessive deterioration, Acura found that a crack in the hose could develop. Official determined that crack could allow power steering fluid to leak or spray on a hot exhaust component potentially generating smoke or a fire.

Acura emphasized that it has only received notice of one incident resulting in a fire.

Brand officials went on to mention that owners of affected vehicles will be informed by mail starting at the end of May. In addition, they instructed TSX owners to go to owners.acura.com/recalls or call (800) 382-2238 to obtain more information.