really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,600 miles

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problem #2

Sep 222002

RSX 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,200 miles
While in motion, consumer was rear ended and by a vehicle traveling 100 mph. The side impact air bags did not deploy. Consumer feels had they gone off it would have prevented the clavicle bone fracture the driver sustained.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 112001


  • miles
On 12/11/01 my 3 1/2 month old Rsx-S was totalled. A 1990 Chevy truck smashed into the driver side of the car and crushed it. The driver side from the beginning of the rear fender (just behind the driver's door) all the way up to the front bumper was hit and crushed. The driver's side impact airbag did not open. The driver's front airbag did not open. The passenger side was not hit at all howerver, it's front airbag did deploy. Because of my airbags not opening my head smashed the driver's door window and my left hip and knee were pretty bruised. The pain is just now starting to go away, 3 weeks later. Pictures can be seen at: <photos.yahoo.com/redheifer8 I called Acura and told them about the airbags not working on the side of the car that got hit, but popping out on the side that didn't. they sent an investigator out and he took pictures of it and wrote stuff down for about 2 1/2 hours. His conclusion was that "the impact was to far to the front to set off the side impact airbag and too far to the rear to set off the front impact airbag." This seems totally illogical. The car was crushed from the beginning of the rear fender all the way to the front bumper. If that's not far enought back to set off the side impact airbag, then where are the sensors for it"?? in the trunk???? why did the passenger side front impact airbag deploy so easily when that side wasn't even hit??? obviosly it's sesor was never touched and it deployed. So what's up with the sensors on the driver's side of the car??? why don't they work??" you would think if one of the sensors was going to be less sensitive it would be the one on the passenger side since a child could be over there. But without even being hit, the passenger side airbag popped right out. Yet nothing worked on the driver side even though it took one hell of a pounding that totalled the car. Hope this isn't a defect on everybody's car. I'd hate to see somebody get killed because the driver's airbags don't work.

- Orlando, FL, USA