really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,556 miles

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2002 Acura MDX seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 152018


  • 140,000 miles


SRS device failed, leaving air bags inoperable. Dealer asked factory rep to authorize service. Denied by Acura. This is a safety hazard. Research indicates identical problems in other vehicles, a prior class action settlement and other complaints. SRS warning light stays on. Both dealer and independent garage tested and confirmed unit is defective.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 062015


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura MDX. While driving 40 mph, the SRS warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was an internal failure of the SRS unit, but was unsure about what part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012015


  • miles
SRS light illuminated at approximately 130000 miles. Mechanic states code 15-3 "faulty opds sensor". sensor is faulty by design, is not affected by age or use of vehicle. Previous extended warranty addressed this code, with language in warranty stating vehicles past 10 year mark are eligible for goodwill coverage to fix this issue. Acura refused to cover cost of this fix under goodwill. Manufacturer should be held accountable for design failures. Safety issue as air bags will not deploy if SRS light is on.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #8

Jan 152016


  • 220,113 miles


Takaya recall, I'm having transmission issues while I'm driving on the highway the vehicle seems to slow down and then picks up speed I have trouble switching gears when I try to reverse there's no movement the all of the sudden the vehicle will do our hard jerk reverse motion and stars going in reverse. Passages air bag read a code of airbag malfunction. Torque control, gears getting stuck flashing D5 light after going over 40.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 122013


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura MDX. The contact stated that the SRS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Riverview, FL, USA

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problem #6

Oct 102014


  • miles
The air bag light is red...I took it to Acura in stockton....and they said. They won't check it until I pay them $120...I am worried it is faulty...I don't need to pay them to check and fix it...the air bag should not be faulty at all.....it is not a wear and tear item...it is a internal product that is damaged.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 202014


  • 150,000 miles


Air bags did not inflate with front collusion. Car turned left in front of us. Frontal impact air bags did not deploy.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 112013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Acura MDX. While driving 40 mph, the driver attempted to decelerate but lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle maintained speed despite the brake pedal being depressed and caused the driver to crash into a cement wall. The air bags failed to deploy upon impact but instead, deployed several minutes later. The driver sustained lacerations, a fractured tooth, injuries to the head, wrist, ribs and bruises. The passenger sustained an elevated blood level, bruising, discomfort, and irritated eyes. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 152010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My daughter was living in Michigan and the SRS light came on and she did not know what to make of it and there was no Acura dealership around where she lived. She continued to drive the car and then moved back to ca. I saw that it was on so I contacted an Acura dealership and they informed me that it had been under an extended but we were now past the 150K limit. I told them that it came on before that but they would not help. They told me to replace the passenger seat sensor box and it would fix the problem. I had it replaced and it again shows the SRS light on. The airbags will not deploy with the SRS light on. This should of been a factory recall rather then an extended warranty that we did not know about.

- Lake Almanor, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 062008


  • 90,000 miles
I own a Acura MDX 2002 model, the transmission had failed but the dealer replaced it at no cost to me. Now the SRS air bag light came on and will not go off. I was searching for other complaints for SRS light staying on and found an owner having the same problem. Also, the rear dual seat will not fold, so I called a local repair shop who specializes in Acura, he mentioned that the MDX has a history of the back seat latch breaking down. Wanted to know if there has been any recalls on the SRS light on the dash and the back seat latch breaking down.

- Tamarac,, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 132005


  • 46,000 miles
2002 MDX transmission needed to be replaced.** answer required***. the sway bars cracked six months after purchasing the vehicle, the supplemental restraint light illuminated and it took 4 months to get it fixed.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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