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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal: Driver Side Inflator Module Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague Notes: The 1999-2003 Acura TL has a known & widespread defect with the transmission.

Honda fixed some vehicles with a recall in 2004 by changing the oil cooler return line. To settle a class action lawsuit in 2006, Honda extended the transmission warranty on some of these Acura TL's to 93 months / 109,000 miles.

Now these vehicles are past the warranty limit, so buyer beware.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,733 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012012

TL 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Acura TL-S. consumer writes in regards recall dissatisfaction the consumer made an appointment for the recall. However, after waiting for almost an hour, he was informed the part was not available and it would have to be ordered.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 242010

(reported on)

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Acura 3.2 TL. Consumer cc letter to dealer for recall repair appointment the consumer was trying to get the air bag recall performed, but he has not received a follow-up from the dealer.

- Manchester, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 072004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,200 miles
Transmission failure just like everbody else with theses cars.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

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