Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 1997 CL suffered from repeated failures of the driver side power window. Acura replaced the power window motor under their standard warranty and is some cases even offered warranty extensions, perhaps side-stepping a recall.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles

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1997 Acura CL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Air bag indicator light illuminated twice. The first time, the dealer found no problem and reset the indicator light. The second time, another dealer found that the passenger's side air bag was defective, and had to be replaced.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152001


  • miles
In January of 2001 air bag light on instrument panel came on. Dealership examined vehicle and determined electronic relay had failed. Repairs were made under warranty. On October 12th, 2001, air bag light came on again, and dealership was claiming air bags have to be replaced at consumer's expense. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Houston, TX, USA

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