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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2005 Acura TL (Page 3 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,492 miles

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2005 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #40

Jun 092014


  • 116,000 miles


I have 2005 Acura TL I've owned it for about 7 years. Went out today and found a crack on the passenger's side dashboard. Approximately 6 inches long, along the passenger's front airbag. Now the airbag warning light remains on. I bought the car with 64000 miles on it and it now has 116,000. I've kept the service up on it and she's been babied since I bought her. No armor all on it at all. I'm so disappointed. I just replaced the timing belt, the rack and pinion, rear breaks/rotors, and now this. I really thought this car would last me. Now, I've suffered trade in value damage because of a manufacturing defect. How can Acura not consider this a safety issue? my airbag warning light is on!

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #39

Jun 062012


  • 72,000 miles
My 2005 Acura has developed 2 very severe cracks in the dashboard surrounding the airbag on the passenger side of the vehicle. I am not sure how this will affect the performance in the event of an accident.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #38

May 022014

TL 6-cyl

  • 138,600 miles
Driver side airbag went off while driving.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #37

Mar 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Almost overnight cracks in the dashboard developed running from windshield to passenger compartment in direction. There are six cracks the longest being about a foot in length. In the heat of the day all of the cracks seem to seal back up but immediately reappear when the passenger compartment cools down. To be specific the longest crack runs windshield to compartment on the passenger side of dash. Two smaller cracks run from windshield to center speaker and speaker to compartment. Two more run from windshield to instrument panel. Again all seal in extreme daytime heat.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #36

Apr 302014

TL 6-cyl

  • 115,900 miles
Driving on I95 in boynton beach, fl, area. Heard cracking noises. Saw vertical split in dashboard, over the air bag. At the same time, cruise control feature stopped working. Split goes from windshield to about 4" above the bottom of dash. It has advanced about 1/2-1" since incident. Don't know if passenger airbag will properly deploy anymore.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

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problem #35

Apr 092014

TL 6-cyl

  • 195,326 miles
The dashboard is cracked and has the potential for air bag issues.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #34

Apr 182014

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Dashboard on passenger side has cracks forming around airbag location.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #33

Mar 012014


  • 59,000 miles
My driver's side air bag light comes on often (more on than off). I notice that this happens on other 2005 TL according to the complaint listing I reviewed. Have not taken it back to Acura yet as I want to see research.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #32

Dec 012012


  • miles
Cracked dashboard over airbag on passenger side in which there are post and complaints of the same exact crack in the same location on the Acura TL 2005 and a few other years! I have another that just came up today 2-20-14 of a crack down the center into the speaker on the dash. This is a hazard as it is over the airbag and can cause severe damage and this should be recalled and fixed by Acura!

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #31

Jan 242014

TL 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
My dashboard are cracking over night. It was first one small crack and now I have 3 area that have crack. This all happen within a week! the crack are getting bigger as day go by. One of the crack is over the airbag and I feel unsafe. There are some plastic on the dash and if there was an accident, fear those particle may fly at me. I did my research and may Acura TL model from 2004-2008 have this same problem. Some had this issue at early as 20,000 miles.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #30

Jun 032012


  • 124,907 miles


A crack in the dash on the passenger side at the airbag was noticed the summer of 2012. It started out small and eventually ran the entire length of the dash. Since that day several more cracks on both sides have appeared during different times of the year. Heat causes the cracks to close making it difficult to see them and open up when the weather or interior is cooler. Yesterday the 6th crack appeared, this on the other side of the passenger side airbag. The entire airbag compartment on the passenger side is visible with both sides outlined by cracks. Heat alone is not causing this as the last crack was noticed in 40 degree weather. With the airbag on the passenger side having cracks I am worried that the dash is unstable and could break off during a crash and become a dangerous piece of debris when (if) the airbag is activated in a crash. I am also worried that the passenger side airbag will not activate due to the damage to the dash.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #29

Mar 012013


  • 125,000 miles
My cars dashboard started cracking from the windshield to the front of the dashboard on the passenger side. The crack goes down the side of where the airbag deploys. Now my dashboard is riddled with cracks and Acura states that it is environmental and I should not fear the airbag deploying due to the cracks. I'm not alone as I have read countless stories similar to mine. I think it's time that Acura steps up and handles their defective design.

- Nwport News, VA, USA

problem #28

Aug 172013

TL 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
Air bag dash warning light illuminates when front passenger seat occupied.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #27

Jun 102012

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle dash cover has large cracks running from defrost outlets aft to rear edge of dash cover, paticularly in the vicinity of the passenger air bag. Passenger air bag is potentially exposed to uv damage and other contamination effecting deployment reliability.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #26

Sep 172013

TL 6-cyl

  • 108,727 miles
It has come to my attention that a large number of 2004-2008 Acura TL owners have found themselves having to take their cars in to their local dealerships because of a split dashboard problem in their cars, including myself. Although some dashes have been replaced under warranty, in most cases, the dash cracks just as the warranty ends. In some cases, dealers will do a good will repair, recognizing it is a defective part, however, some dealerships, are not willing to replace the part and want to charge for replacing the defective dash.this is a safety concern due to the SRS airbag is located underneath the dashboard itself, and could possibly deploy at anytime.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #25

Sep 062007


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the air bag and engine warning lights were illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 142012

TL 6-cyl

  • 58,400 miles
About 9 months ago a small crack appeared in the dashboard of my '05 Acura TL. The dash continued to split to over a foot in length. Within a month of the first crack, a second one appeared and grew to match the same length. These cracks outline the front passenger airbag. What affect does this have on the security of the airbag" I'm concerned that a passenger in the front seat is endangered as the structure is compromised" I've researched this online and there are plenty of TL owners complaining about the same issue. It's found predominately in the 2004 - 2007 models. I've read that Acura has admitted an "issue" with the dash, but wants the owners to pay for repairs. The costs range from $2000 - $3000 per car. I'm the original owner of this vehicle. It was purchased in September 2005 and is out of warranty. My TL currently has 66849 miles on it. I'd like to receive some assistance with this issue. Thank you.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #23

Jul 262013


  • 118,000 miles
Cracked dash board right over the passenger side air bag. Very unacceptable for this type of car and a huge safety concern.

- Folkston, GA, USA

problem #22

Feb 012012

TL 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I didn't have an incident but my dashboard is cracked everywhere including where the passenger and driver airbags are located. Acura claims wear and tear because I live in South Florida and refuses to fix this even though this is supposedly a luxury car and no other cars in South Florida have this issue, plus my car is garage kept. This is a very dangerous issue and apparently 1000S of Acura TL owners from 2004 have the same problem. These need to be repaired or the cars taken off the roads.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 142013

TL 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My dashboard recently developed a crack about 6 inches in length on the passenger side dashboard where the airbag is located. I have read where multiple incidences like mine have been recorded for this vehicle & Acura apparently is not accepting responsibility for the obvious defect in this model.

- Haslet, TX, USA

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