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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,390 miles

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #14

Jan 142010


  • 85,000 miles


Cracked dashboard on 2004 Acura TL.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 152009


  • 50,000 miles
2004 Acura TL dashboard is severely cracked in several places.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 222010


  • 90,000 miles
2004 Acura TL with huge cracks in dash around airbags. Car has been garage kept and totally babied. Dash needs to be replaced. Not sure the airbags will work properly if needed.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 012009


  • 57,000 miles


I recently purchased a certified Acura TL after two months of having the vehicle the dashboard has cracked in two places on the driver's side. I explained this to the dealership and they said it is not covered under warranty. I do not feel it is safe to drive in this condition due to the air bag. Acura should recall the dashboard, as there are numerous complaints that they have been ignoring.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #10

Jan 022010


  • 48,000 miles
Recently my 2004 Acura TL dash started cracking spontaneously over the driver side instrument panel. I have read of other complaints of cracks over the passenger air bag as well, documented at I feel that this is a dangerous safety hazard and is a defect of Acura 2004 TL. Acura has refused to cover repair because vehicle is out of warranty and because previous owner lived in fl.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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problem #9

Jun 102009

TL 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Dash started to crack around the airbag housing. Took the car to the dealership they stated it was due to the sun and it was not covered under warranty. I expressed my concerns that it would effect the deployment of the airbag, Acura service stated it would not effect the airbag. The dash is now cracked on both sides of the airbag housing and continues all the way back towards the windshield.

- Ft Myers, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 012009


  • 45,788 miles


A few months ago my 2004 Acura TL dash started cracking around my airbag on my dash. I feel that this is a dangerous safety hazard and is a defect of Acura. I have noticed that there are many other 2004 Acura TL's that have the same problem and I am wondering what is going to be done to resolve the problem.

- Mccomb, MS, USA

problem #7

Oct 012009


  • 54,000 miles
1. spontaneous cracks in the dash around the passenger air bag unit. 2. air bag warning light on 3. spontaneous crack in dash near steering column.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 152009


  • 75,000 miles
Dashboard is cracking significantly around passenger side air bag and also in front of drivers seat.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 072009


  • miles
My 2004 Acura has a dashboard that has cracked around the airbag. I have used a sun cover and parked in shaded spots, never leaving the dash in the sun. I am concerned about the cracking because it is involving the airbag and I am worried the airbag will not properly deploy in the event of a crash. Or that the airbag may deploy unneccesarily and dangerously while I am driving.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 152008


  • miles


Several Acura TL 2004 have huge cracks on top of the airbags, our members have raised the issue of the possibility of a cracked dashboard being a safety hazard. Although we don¿T know of any cases yet, it is reasonable to believe that cracks that develop where the passenger air bag is supposed to deploy have the potential to affect the deployment of this safety equipment in case of an accident and, therefore, should be considered a safety hazard. We just cannot wait for someone to be permanently injured because of this defective part to act upon this, it is our responsibility to prevent this from happening.. link: we also have a group on facebook called Acura TL defective dash.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #3

Feb 282009


  • 47,000 miles
There is no incident to my knowledge but I would like to prevent an incident from happening before it does. 2004-2005 Acura TL dash will crack where the passenger airbag is to deploy. These cracks could affect the deployment of the airbag in a crash and cause permanent damage to the passenger of the car. I would not know the exact number of affected people but there is a group on facebook with over 30 cases reported, not to mention the amount of cases not reported yet.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #2

Aug 092008


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The vehicle has Goodyear Eagle tires. The contact stated that there was a tsb number 05-076 that was issued by Acura. The tsb pertains to tire wear when the vehicle is loaded. The contact purchased brand new tires in December of 2007. He took a road trip with 5,000 miles on the tires. The trip was 5,600 miles. While driving 75 mph, he noticed that the tires were bald a couple of days ago. He called the Acura dealer and informed them of the failure. The dealer stated that they would repair the tires with the towing issue and the tsb, but would not replace the tires. The tires are both on the rear of the vehicle. The tire size was unknown. The failure mileage was 29,000. Updated 09/10/08 the consumer didn't believe the problem was with the tires. He believed it had to do with the poor design of the vehicle. The consumer stated there was extra weight in the rear of the vehicle, in his case was about 300lbs comprised of suitcases and his daughter in the back seat (the suitcases were in the trunk). When he arrived home, he noticed the tread on the tires had worn down to nothing. Updated 09/10/08

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005


  • miles
This is a near miss problem. We own an Acura TL 2004. It has terrible blind spots. I think that the problem arises because the bars with the air bags in them are so wide that they can hide an entire car. We have had to add develop extra mechanisms to anticipate possible vehicles, and I feel much less safe driving this car than any other car I have ever driven. Also, the HVAC system is so complex that it is virtually impossible to manage it while driving. I hope you will start to look to see if you see a higher incidence of problems with the Acura's or other vehicles with broad air bag holders and complicated heating and ac systems.

- Concord, MA, USA

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