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.

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NHTSA — Visibility 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,775 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 102004

TL 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Acura TL rear view mirrors - the mirrors are designed to have this tinting effect. Not exactly sure of the science related to this tinting process, but my mirror is have tinted and have untinted and shades in between. This is a safety issue and these things should be recalled. I've glanced on-line and there is some literature about these mirrors failing and if they leak they contain a dangerous chemical. 1. to my knowledge, no specific event led to this equipment failure. 2. the mirror's tinting problem is constant. 3. the dealers will replace the mirror for a substantial cost to its consumers.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 252010


  • 59,500 miles
The mirror on my Acura TL 2002 is showing a liquid leak between the glass panes. I called Acura, California and they said they can do nothing for me and would not acknowledge this has happened before. I called magna, the mirror manufacturer, and they said yes indeed the mirror was a hazard and continues to be one and that I should remove the mirror asap. The internet is full of events related to this mirror. Leaking, property damage, explosions, and others. I now cannot find a replacement mirror for my car to fit as the oem mirror was designed to do. Acura and magna should be the ones exhausting time and energy to satisfy and protect it's customer, me, and the countless others who still do not know of the dangers these mirrors possess. Please help me and all Acura owners before someone is severely or fatally injured. Thank you

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 272010


  • 123,600 miles
I have a 2002 Acura TL type S. it has an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror which leaked and sprayed a corrosive black liquid in my car. One morning I entered my car to find a black liquid dripping from the mirror onto my shift panel (panel which says P, R, N D around the stick shift) and a black spray on the passenger seat. The corrosive black liquid dissolved part of the shift panel and can't be removed from my car seats. The mirror "exploding" is known by Acura (Honda) to be a defect. Here is a very long thread regarding the topic :"T=549093 I believe this part should be recalled by Acura. It is a safety hazard. I was lucky in the sense that my mirror exploded when II wasn't in the car. What if I was driving" the black liquid dissolves plastic. Imagine what it would do to my eyes if I was driving and the mirror exploded. It could cause me to be in a fatal accident killing me or others. I called sterling Acura of austin and verified there is not a factory recall on this part. I also called the part manufacturer, magna donnelly, and they are not interested in replacing the part at their expense.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 252007


  • 64,000 miles
Rear view mirror failure - the mirror failed to hold a toxic fluid and it leaked on the console of the car. The console was damaged by the leaking fluid (might be acidic or similar).

- Cumming, GA, USA

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