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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,733 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.

2003 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 252012

TL

  • miles

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

Cpsc#1280657A. 2003 Acura TL. Consumer stated that the passenger side airbag was leaking a sticky substance around the perimeter of the housing.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 252012

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Acura TL. The contact stated that the vehicle front passenger air bag was leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 66,000...updated 10/03/12 updated 10/04/12

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 032010

TL 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
On Sept 3 2010 I was in an accident with my 2003 Acura TL type S. I was traveling around 45 mph getting onto the highway from the service road when someone came from the far left and hit me on the drivers side front - front left fender and front light, and bumper were damaged. The passenger side air bag went off - note there was no one in the passenger side. The drivers side air bag did not go off as well as the restraint did not hold me back on impact.

- Sound Beach, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 242005

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,400 miles

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

Consumer's vehicle was stopped in traffic when another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed rear ended consumer's vehicle, pushing it into another vehicle, and causing driver's seat to collapse into the back seat. Consumer sustained injuries, and taken to hospital for pain in his arm and legs. Consumer was X-rayed, and then informed he had nerve damage, and was referred to an orthopedic S. impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 122003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
My wife was in a collision on 12/12/03 which involved another vehichle that ran a stop sign and my wife's new 2003 Acura TL hit the vehicle at fault in the drivers side door. I have included pictures of the property damage incurred. The front airbags did not deploy. I reported this incident to the Acura dealer in fort walton beach immediately that I purchased this from and gave them a chance to test the airbags before the car was fixed. They declined and informed me they would test the airbag system once it was repaired. The case file# with the dealer was B012003-12-1601041. Everybody that I spoke with regarding this was amazed that the airbags did not depoy on a front end crash that caused $7183 dollars worth of damage. The core support of the car had to be replaced. I have heard of other Acura failures for front airbags and wanted to see if there was a defect in this particular model. The dealer was not that helpful. Mr. Kirk perks the district manager did agree to meet with me to discuss and the dealer performed an airbag test, however the auto repair shop stated to me that there was no way to accurately test the airbag system. My concern now is obviously if these airbags will deploy on any future incidents.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

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problem #1

Jul 062003

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about air bags stated that her son was driving and was involved in a front collision, and the air bag on the driver's side did not deploy. The only air bag that did deploy was the front passanger's side.manufacturer was not contacted at the time of this call.dealer was contacted, and stated that they will send somebody to see the car accident was on July 6, 2003.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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