10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,733 miles

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problem #114

Jan 012016

TL

  • 100,000 miles
Major cracks around passenger side airbag on 2004 Acura TL. Apparently thousands of other TL owners are experiencing this defect. The cracks appear to affect the airbag functionality. Quotes in terms of replacement are around $1800. However, this is happening not due to owner error or fault, but rather to all Acura, garage stored and otherwise.

- Playa Del Rey, CA, USA

problem #113

Jul 012016

TL

  • 80,000 miles
Takada recall I am hoping you can find out information for 2004 TL owners. Honda and Acura's for the years 2001-03 and 05 and beyond have been included in the takata recall. I find it hard to believe that 04 Acura Tls have airbags sourced from a company other than takata. And I have been unable to find any reliable information out from Acura or Honda. I would like to understand why the 04 Acura Tls are not listed in the recall, yet Acura and Honda cars in the years before and after 04 are. I even contacted the dealership about having a proactive air bag replacement even though the 04 Acura TL is currently not part of the recall. I was told they could replace the airbag, but that the replacement would be the same airbag that the car was manufactured with. I would like additional information to be provided why Acura/Honda is convinced that the 2004 Acura Tls do not need to be included in the recall. Any help the government can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #112

Jun 042016

TL

  • 130,000 miles
2004 Acura TL with approx 130,000 miles. Crack around the passenger side airbag. Started 2 weeks ago and is getting larger. Vehicle with no airbag deployment or accident history.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #111

May 152016

TL

  • miles
Takata recall problem...passenger side of car on dashboard-outline of airbag appeared, break in leather on dashboard. No car accident occurred. Airbag has not deployed as of yet. Noticed crack on dashboard week of 5/15/2016

- Granby, CT, USA

problem #110

May 052015

TL

  • 69,620 miles
My dashboard has two large cracks running the width of the dashboard, along where the airbags are supposed to deploy. No accident caused this defect.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #109

Jan 012016

TL

  • 120,000 miles
Airbag light sensor on dashboard always.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #108

Jan 202016

TL

  • 110,000 miles
Air bag light sensor is on and all the dash is cracked and we are afraid the air bag will not deploy in a accident or randomly will deploy without a accident.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #107

Apr 262016

TL

  • miles
Multiple cracks on the dashboard that are close to the passenger airbag on the front right hand side. Cracks also happen throughout the dashboard by the instrument cluster and the middle close to the windshield. Very bad material Acura used to make these with. Should be a recall due to the safety issue with the airbag also.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #106

Apr 022014

TL

  • miles
The dashboard started cracking. Now, it has cracks all over. Passenger side and driver side. This may cause issue with the airbags. I looked on line and this is very common in 2004 Tls. Acura refuses to fix the issue. Some have also experienced issues with their air bags due to the cracking.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #105

Oct 212013

TL

  • 98,542 miles
Not sure if this is takata issue as well! or due to defective dashboard materials which have cracked severely bad! when it started they were lines hardly noticeable! now due to neglegance of the company the primary cracks are over the airbag area & have crevices across top and they are across entire dashboard" the light for airbags comes on and off at random times? the seat belt beeping indicator is not working all the time anymore! my car even though it is a 2004 is in very good shape from what other people have told me! that is of course until they see the craters in the dash of what is suppose to be a higher end nice model car that should hold up better than???? this is not to mention the fact of safety? is there a possibility the airbags have dried out or became effected due to these large cracks as well as what other damage it could be causing electronically? am I going to end up in some horrific car accident due to airbag release when just driving down the interstate and then it all be my fault for sweving over in another lane and cause the accident! then it will look as if I were at fault and airbags deployed as they should have done, instead opened prematurely due to defective parts" of course this is a hypothetical situation but I would think totally plausible!!! and all due to not having recalled what everyone already knows that dashboard material on this model and others that were recalled and repaired by dealers same year models 2004-2008 for the same identical reasons! that seems like a roll of the die at consumers expense! not to mention a liability to all consumers that happen to be driving these vehicles!

- Shannon, AL, USA

problem #104

Nov 072013

TL

  • miles
Top of my dash where the glovebox is all crack where the the takata inflators our

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #103

Feb 102016

TL

  • 160,000 miles
Cracks just started to appear in dash over passenger side airbag. The dashboard is split from glove box to windshield.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #102

Dec 302015

TL

  • 175,000 miles
Airbag indicator light on instrument panel illuminates periodically. Dashboard has developed one significant crack directly over the front passenger airbag. I am concerned that the combination of the airbag indicator light and dashboard cracks indicate a safety issue. If the airbag were to deploy, it may not do so appropriately. The cracks could cause it to deploy in wrong direction, rendering it ineffective or dangerous. Also, pieces of dashboard could break off in event of airbag deployment and result in projectiles that could injure occupants.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #101

Sep 292015

TL

  • 120,000 miles
Turning into a lane in the town (in motion), a car ran a red light, T-boned the car driver side. Totaled the car and shifted the entire car across the frame. Steering wheel bag did not inflate. If it did it would have helped my injuries. Red lighted by a large 1/2 ton or more red truck at about 40-45 miles per hour.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #100

Sep 202015

TL

  • 184,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While the vehicle was parked, the dashboard cracked near the passenger side and exposed the air bag. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 184,000.

- Edwardsville, KS, USA

problem #99

Jun 162014

TL

  • 130,000 miles
Airbag indicator light on instrument panel illuminates periodically. Dashboard has developed two significant cracks directly over the front passenger airbag. I am concerned that the combination of the airbag indicator light and dashboard cracks indicate a safety issue. If the airbag were to deploy, it may not do so appropriately. The cracks could cause it to deploy in wrong direction, rendering it ineffective or dangerous. Also, pieces of dashboard could break off in event of airbag deployment and result in projectiles that could injure occupants.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #98

Jun 102012

TL

  • miles
I purchased my 2004 Acura TL 3.2L in August 2009. When I purchased the vehicle it had no marks on the dash. About a year after purchase I started to notice a crack on the drivers side about two inches long. I thought I might've scratched it with my ring. As time past, that small crack became viral. Stretches all over my dash. The scariest part is that the crack is running a perfect rectangle and shows a small indent where the passenger side air bag is. Now my airbag light goes on and stays on occasionally. I love my car and really hate to look at my cracks on my dash that somewhat resembles a spiderweb. I do not feel safe having a passenger bc who know when that may burst (if possible). I feel Acura should recall these cars bc we paid for a durable, safe, and luxury car. This appears to be a common error with this make, year and model. My car still runs beautifully and hate to see her go down like this.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #97

Aug 172015

TL

  • 184,000 miles
I have Acura TL 2004 well maintained service on time. One day it's raining and I drive around 10 mph and after some time my steering was froze I can't move I about to get crashed then I think it might be due to steering fluid I check its almost good then I drive next few days and problem gone but again when it's raining it did same thing.im scared to drive that car in raining. It's only bad in raining I don't know why. It also has sometime airbag warning on in rain.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #96

Aug 012012

TL

  • 110,000 miles
From last 3-4 years the dashboard is getting cracks and the crack lines are overlapping air bags path. For last 2 months the air bag lights are on randomly.

- Lawrence Township, NJ, USA

problem #95

Aug 012014

TL

  • 135,000 miles
My dashboard started to crack, very little to start but now has 6 major cracks running up and down the entire dash board with the cracks going complexly around the air bags.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

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