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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,912 miles

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2006 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 262016


  • 140,000 miles


Dash board has cracks every where looks horrible.... not happy with this car

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 162016


  • 95,000 miles
Dashboard cracked around front passenger airbag for no reason when I was in parking lot, this is a safety issue when I have my kids with me in the car, the airbag might not work properly because dashboard not protecting it accordingly, my car is always in the garage and very well taking car of, this is a luxury car and expensive, Acura should be 100% responsible in replacing dashboard to avoid possible airbag malfunction. I hope you guys really consider this claim because its happening everywhere with so many Acura TL owners.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 312016


  • miles
Cracked dash board

- Suisun City, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 192016


  • 80,000 miles


2006 Acura TL with dashboard cracking around the passenger airbag. Have seen thousands of examples online of people with the same issue but Acura refuses to address or admit to it. Cnn even reported it, again no response from Acura. Concerned about proper deployment of airbag (or deployment at all), especially considering that the model years that are having the issues are the third generation TL (model years 2004-2008) and all TL in the surrounding years (1999-2003 and 2009-present) are a part of the takata recall. Acura has stated that replacement cost is $2000 - considering its an obvious manufacture defect and possibly a safety issue, one would think they would step up to the plate and admit fault. This is my third Acura vehicle owned.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #14

Mar 212016


  • 55,000 miles
I have been having a battery drain problem. I charge the battery and it drains overnight. Battery was check out to be ok. This is the second battery that I bought in two years. I also bought a portable starter so as not to be stranded. Finally the bluetooth fuse was removed and draining stopped for about six weeks. I am noticing that the car when started in the morning is beginning to sound like the problem may be occurring again. Now the second issue is that the passenger dashboard side is cracked. I feared that the airbag would eventually deploy therefore I took it to the dealer. They assured me that it was safe and wrote on the paperwork I received that it was safe. On hot days, the split on both sides of the airbag are much wider and I can now see the shape of the hinge or bolt that keeps it together. Driving with this situation is very unnerving. Acura needs to remedy this issue. Those that go into my car are appalled and would never purchase an Acura based on my vehicle.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

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problem #13

Nov 152015


  • 63,985 miles
The dash on the passenger side in the area of the air bag is splitting in 2 areas. I observed this when the vehicle was parked overnight.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #12

Sep 012012


  • 90,000 miles


My dash is cracking at a accelerated rate. First at the passenger airbag, now over driver side. My concern is if the dash is dry enough to split along the airbag seams, then what would prevent shards of dash flying off if the airbag deploys? the should get some serious safety considerations.

- Morrow, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 012015


  • 84,000 miles
Without any accident or internal abuse, a large crack appeared on the passenger side dashboard from the windshield to right above the glove compartment. The crack runs along the right side of the passenger side air bag and is deep; you can clearly see the air bag below it. Acura has refused to replace it without charging over $2K and "claims" it's not a safety issue with air bag deployment, however I refuse to take a chance in having a passenger ride in the front seat.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #10

Aug 292015


  • 74,200 miles
2006 Acura TL dashboard cracked on the passenger side approximately 12-18 inches along the right side of the airbag to the windshield. These cracks are a safety concern to me as I believe in the case of an accident the airbag will deploy through the weakest link, I am concerned that this could reduce the resistance of the airbag when it deploys, therefore increasing the force with which it deploys into the passenger compartment. I paid for a car that I could trust and a company that I had faith in. This should be repaired as a manufacturer defect. The dealer wants $2000 to replace dash.

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 072010


  • 68,117 miles
The hands free link system that uses bluetooth to connect to your cellular phone is defective. It kills the car battery, always drawing current from the battery even when the car is parked and not running. Had battery replaced all ready. Manufacturer suggested repair is to disconnect the hands free link from the vehicle. I feel this is unsafe. I T would cause people to use there cell phones without the hands free feature while driving, which in turn could cause an accident. So this is a major safety issue and I feel Acura should resolve the problem. I have researched this issue and have found that this problem is widespread throughout at least two models of Acura (Acura MDX and Acura TL), and approximately years 2004 through 2008.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 112015


  • 67,759 miles


I purchased my 2006 Acura TL brand new in October 2005. I have read a lot of complaints regarding the crack in the dash above the passenger airbag. As other owners have stated in their complaints, this is a serious safety issue. I am concerned about what will happen if the airbag deploys upon impact or if the airbag will deploy prematurely. Please take this defect serious and demand a recall on this issue.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 142014


  • miles
2006 Acura TL dashboard cracked on the passenger side from the glove box along both sides of the airbag to the windshield, with adjacent cracks. My vehicle, has 52K miles (we usually use our prius, ) was purchased new, and garaged, with a window vented. These cracks are a safety concern to me as I believe in the case of an accident the airbag will deploy through the weakest link, I.e., the airbag will attempt to find its way through the crack instead of where it normally goes! I paid for a car that I could trust and a company that I had faith in.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 032014


  • 50,000 miles
The hands free link system in the 2004-2008 Acura TL is creating a drain on the battery resulting in complete electrical failure of the automobile. The incidence of failure is most common immediately after periods of at least 10 hours of non-use or shortly after starting. As a result from this issue I experience this electrical problem for the past year, from going threw multiple batteries and being in the unsafe situation of my Acura TL losing its power in a very busy intersection. This problem has been reported extensively on multiple Acura owner's websites/blogs and has been confirmed by the local dealership. Given the possibility for in-use electrical failure, a recall should be issued. Are we waiting for someone to be killed or seriously injured before a re-call is really issued?

- Syracuse , NY, USA

problem #5

May 082015


  • 127,000 miles
Crack in dash board over the passenger side airbag. I feel this is an extreme safety issue in that the airbag may deploy without impact. This should be repaired as a manufacturer defect. The dealer wants $2000 to replace dash.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012014


  • 65,360 miles
Dash is cracked on the passenger side - approximately 12" in length (vertical) over air bag

- Lagrange , GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112013


  • 65,000 miles
My car battery kept dying every 3 months, I even got a new battery and my car was still dying. I was stranded at the bank in a parking lot, my driveway, and at work. After it died again and wouldn't start with a new battery I called the dealership. They stated it is my blue tooth, which hadn't been working, that is draining my battery and they have seen it in my model and year. I had to pay $100 to have it disconnected and they want to charge me $400 to have it replaced. I replaced it and now they wont reimburse me. This should be a recall and it is a safety issue being stranded with your car not starting. I have a baby that is not ok with me to wonder if my car will start. Please help Acura needs to be accountable for this faulty part and the safety of people driving their cars.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012011

TL 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
This vehicle was bought brand new in September 2006, in the past two weeks the dashboard has started cracking open where the passenger side airbag would deploy. The cracks have been getting progressively worse and the dealership is saying I may or may not receive assistance for the repairs which cost approximately $2,400. This is completely unacceptable for a 5 year old vehicle and they seem to want to blame it on the hot Florida temperatures even though I have owned approximately 7 other Honda/Acura products in Florida and never had this issue before.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

May 312007

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Acura TL no longer fit to be driven because of the manufacturer's defective heating and cooling system breeding toxic mold and the procedures done to the car trying to repair it. The consumer stated the dealer sprayed some chemicals in the vehicles to try and mask the problem.

- West Linn, OR, USA

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