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 — 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.


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2003 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

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2003 Acura 3.2 TL. Fleet manager writes in regards to safety recall notice the dealer refused to honor the recall, stating they would not get paid for the work.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011

TL 6-cyl

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2003 Acura TL. Consumer writes in regards to air bag recall. The consumer stated he objects to having to pay for the inspection and defect correction and then having to seek reimbursement.

- Hermiston, OR, USA

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