2017 Acura MDX that's included in the latest Acura recall.
2017 Acura MDX.

Acura is recalling 323,000 of its 2014-2019 MDX SUVs because the brake lights in the rear liftgate can short out, leaving the vehicle harder to see at night and raising the risk of a crash.

According to the automaker, seals around the rear liftgate light may fail, allowing water to leak into the structures that house the lights and reach some electrical components. That contact with water can lead to the failure of the tailgate lights, among other issues.

In a statement released on Monday, Acura said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue, and it will notify owners of affected vehicles in early May. 

The Details

The vehicles: 323,000 of the 2014-2019 MDX SUVs.

The problem: Seals can allow water to leak into the assemblies that house the lights on the liftgate. This could cause a short circuit and lead the lights to fail.

The fix: Dealers will replace the seals with updated parts or, if the light no longer works because of its contact with water, they will replace the light assembly and, if necessary, an associated wiring harness as well. The repairs will be at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles can determine whether their vehicles require repair by going to recalls.acura.com or by calling 888-234-2138.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign number: There is no NHTSA number yet.