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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,572 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Acura CL electrical problems

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1998 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 182006

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,535 miles


The ignition switch on my 98 Acura 3.0cl is degrading and my power steering is going out, and the car accessories still run just not the car, and the theft light is coming on, I've just found out about the recall after I purchased the vehicle on the 14-15th of November 2006.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

May 012005

CL 4-cyl

  • 89,900 miles
Had ingintion switch changed on recall of 2003 on 2-19-04. Now I am having ignition failure already after 1 1/2 years. This has been very scary going 70 mps on interstate and have car die, no power sterring, no brakes. Why would this be happening already" more faulty ingnition switches from Acura"

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #4

Apr 092004

CL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
The vehicle had a tendency to continue running after being turned off. The vehicle would also intermittently stall on the highway without warning. There was a technical service bulletin concerning this problem. The ignition switch would not turn off, even when the key was removed. The dealer would not take responsibility when they failed to replace the ignition switch.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 082004


  • miles


The vehicle was taken O the dealer for NHTSA recall # 03V423000 subject:ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the free remedy. After the repair, the driver could not take the key out of the ignition. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the mechanic was able to get the key out of the ignition. Now the key can be taken out of the ignition while in other gears. Consumer requests ODI to call with information on how this will be handled.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 242002


  • miles
Vehicle stalled while driving, mechanic replaced the egr valve, however the vehicle stalled again, consumer was informed of a recall with the ignition switch and the vehicle was replaced free of charge. The dealership stated that an egr upgrade was needed and that the transmission was out, consumer stated that the transmission had not experienced any prior problems with the transmission, consumer had been informed by other mechanics that all the coasting that she had to do could have caused the transmission to overheat, causing it to go out, consumer is being charged for the work to the transmission and doesn't feel she should be.

- Montgomery , TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 312002


  • miles
Consumer received a recall notice in the mail regarding the ignition switch. Consumer has attemped to contact the Acura client service and receives a message each time replying the office is closed. To date the recall repair has not been made, recall notice 02V12.

- Sparks, NV, USA

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