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.


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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

Jun 051999


  • miles


For no reason, the passenger side front seatbelt locks up. Once locked up, it does not retract, passenger must unbuckle seat belt and retract it completely and then re-buckle. This has even happened multiple times when the car was at a single stand still. Dealer says this is a common complaint, and Acura knows of it, but doesn't have a fix for it. Having to unbuckle the seatbelt while the car is on the road is very dangerous - please help with this.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 071998

(reported on)


  • miles
Front passenger's seat belt when secured around passenger will lock up from time to time, even when vehicle is standing still.

- Coral Spri, FL, USA

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