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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,500 miles

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2005 Acura MDX seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 182016

MDX

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall - I requested for the fix 3 months ago. I was told that I will be contacted once the parts are available however no update.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #19

Oct 082016

MDX

  • 186,000 miles
I was in a collision and the front of my car impacted the rear of another. I was doing no more than 35-40 mph. I slammed on my brakes. Upon impact, the air bag did not deploy. X-rays from er showed only pulled/strained muscles in back. I and my family and friends were concerned though that the airbag failed to deploy.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #18

Feb 232016

MDX

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 acra MDX. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V344000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #17

Sep 102016

MDX

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Inflator recall - we received a recall letter from Acura in July 2016 that told us to fix the airbag inflator immediately. They also recommended we don't drive our car until the changes have been made. So, we immediately called the dealer and they told us they did not have the part, but would call us when it arrived. A month went by, so we called again and they still did not have the part. After 2 months, we are concerned about the safety of our vehicle due to the long delay in dealership availability. What is the policy on a delay of a dealer's availability to fix a recalled part?

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 242016

MDX

  • 60,000 miles
Auto parked, foot on brake, moved gear shift to park, foot off brake, car lurched forward with great velocity, hit concrete wall, ricochede off wall, started running backward. Put foot on emer. Brake car stopped. Airbag deployed but improperly inflated. Cuts and abrasions and bruising on left hand and right.airbag did not deploy into chest or face. Called aaa to have towed/called 21st century ins. For name of collision yard they worked with. Tow truck arrived_too big to get into parking lot. Driver asked for my keys -told him the car with physically disabled after airbag deployment and could not be driven. He took my keys, started the car and drove off. Not supposed to happpen. Went to emergent care and my primary physician and had cat scans run. New driver seat airbags are defective.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #15

May 302016

MDX

  • miles
Takata inflators" I have been waiting very patiently on a waiting list to have the passenger frontal airbag inflator replaced. No such luck! I keep calling to make sure I am on the list at esserman Acura in doral, and they confirm I am, but they are unable to give me an estimate of when I will have the inflator replaced! we are a family of 5 and Acura suggests that we "avoid having a passenger sit in the front passenger's seat until the recall repair has been performed." I sit in that seat and don't allow any of my children to sit in the front for fear that something could happen to them, but this has gone on for too long. Can someone please perform this recall for us" I would like it to be done before school starts up again. I called in may for the recall and I am still waiting.

- Surfside, FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 052016

MDX

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V344000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 122014

MDX

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V320000 (air bags), 13V092000 (service brakes, hydraulic, traction control system), and 12V573000 (electrical system); however, the parts to do the recall repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- St.Thomas, VI, USA

problem #12

Mar 142016

MDX

  • miles
I financed a car from a dealer in 3-2016 car was not able to start so the dealer informed me what was the problem and it was that I was using the wrong key. Dealer also said that I can take the car to a mechanic to see if there are any issues with the car took it to pep boys and over 20 issues showed from lack of oil to control arm shaking I had road safety issues and I informed the dealer and he told me to take it to his mechanic and he will give me a discount that's when I started looking at the dealer with suspension I did a car fax and the dealer had an inspection sticker on the car from March the day if financed the car but on car fax it shown that they inspected the car in December of 2015 2 weeks later the air bag sensor shows I called the dealer and he told me not to call no more or he will call the police. I sent him a letter to fix the problems and he just ignored me.. so now im at my last steps... I only had the car for 2 months and all of these safety issues are showing what can I do now......

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 012016

MDX

  • miles
Takata recall: Help! I've called Acura and then Honda 9 times in the past 45 days. Each time, they promise someone will call me back and so far nothing, after sending me postcards that my recall notice is urgent and life threatening. This car is now being driven by my daughter and I want it fixed! yet I can't get them to respond. Very frustrating what can I do?

- New York, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 012014

MDX

  • 119,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. While driving 8 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. Both frontal air bags deployed and exploded, emitting a gaseous substance. The driver sustained hand and face injuries that did not require medical attention. The front passenger did not sustain any injuries. A police report was filed. The contact was unsure if the vehicle was towed away from the crash scene. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V320000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 142015

MDX

  • miles
This is a general complaint regarding what I believe to be an insufficient recall involving the 2005 Acura MDX among other vehicles (NHTSA recall no. 14V-700 & 14V-353). I considered purchasing a 2005 Acura MDX of the provided VIN but decided against it after finding that the vehicle was not covered by recalls 14V-700 & 14V-353. The recalls pertain to passenger front and side curtain airbags that "could produce excessive internal pressure upon deployment." The recall states that "if an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture and deploy abnormally. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly causing serious injury or fatality to you or others in the vehicle." However, the recall applies only to vehicles that "were originally sold in, or ever registered in geographic locations with a high absolute humidity, including the following: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, puerto rico, U.S. virgin islands, saipan, guam, and american samoa." I am a college student, and while I live in Colorado and would register my vehicle in co, I attend school in Texas, which according to the recall has sufficient humidity to affect the function of the passenger airbags. I contacted both an Acura dealer and Acura relations to ask if they would replace my passenger airbags since I will have the vehicle in tx for 8 months of the year for the next two years, but they refused to perform this recall work since my vehicle's VIN is not included in the recall (it has always been registered in co). Since it is known that humidity is detrimental to the function of the airbags, this recall is insufficient as it does not protect owners of vehicles that are exposed to humid conditions but are not registered in one of the applicable states.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #8

Feb 202015

MDX

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags) however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 232014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
Upon entering intersection after being at a complete stop, the vehicles driver side airbag randomly deployed. Vehicle was towed to Acura of ocean in NJ at which point Acura regional service manager claimed I hit a stationary object (which was not the case). I would welcome an opportunity to speak with someone who specializes in the recent airbag issues with Honda and the other car mfgs.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 232014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
Moving through intersection after being at a complete stop, the driver side curtain airbag just randomly deployed.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #5

Dec 012014

MDX

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V70000 (air bags). The dealer stated that the part needed to perform the recall remedy was not available and there was no estimated timeframe for the recall part to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 032014

MDX

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. Both the driver and passenger side air bags deployed and burned the contact's hand. The contact did not seek medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 072014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
SRS/seat belt warning light came on at instrument panel then intemittingly over the next week. Took car in to dealer on October 13, 2014. Dealer advised that I needed to repair and not covered under any type of warranty. Called Acura Corp for financial assistance, advised I would have to pay entirely for the repair, not covered under warranty. Similiar situation occurred with my transmission, needed to pay 60% for repairs even though it was under warranty. Very surprised there was no recall for transmission with hundreds if not thousands of MDX owners affected. Hfl/bluetooth function inoperable and disconnected due to parasitic drainage. Need to replace no warranty coverage. Sent 3 certified letters to Acura corporate officers seeking answers, yet to receive a response from anyone. This is what you get from buying a luxury vehixle from Acura.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 232014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I called my Acura dealer service department (New York) on 10/23/14, and was told that there is no recall for my 2005 Acura MDX although the NHTSA lists that car in the takata airbag recall pages concerning exploding airbags. Why does the Acura service department refuse to fix the problem" is it dangerous to drive, and, if so, what can be done to make Acura responsive" thank you.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 012013

MDX

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning senor light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to dealer and the mechanic stated that there was not a problem with the air bag. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000. The current mileage was 90,000.

- Cary, NC, USA

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