NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2000 Acura TL (Page 1 of 2)

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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.

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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,392 miles

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2000 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Dec 062016


  • 115,300 miles


Trasmission went out.while driving; recall mailed to me by service team on timing belt and water pump.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #26

Jan 262018


  • 125,000 miles
The airbag light came on (SRS) one morning and has been on since.

- Steilacoom, WA, USA

problem #25

Jul 092017


  • 105,000 miles
I was going about 75 on the highway and out of no were the SRS light comes on I get home and call my mechanic and he says to take the module out and bring it to him and it turns out its non repairable I sent it to one more person for repair and it came back non-repairable so I consider this a big safety issue because if I got in a accident my airbags would not work and I never had a accident or fire of flood in the car before the car is still in new shape sense 2000.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #24

Apr 242017


  • miles


Takata recall. Nothing has happened - yet! recall. Would like airbag replaced.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #23

Feb 242017


  • 123,000 miles
Takata recall and electrical system: Air bag deployed right side of car electrical system malfunctioning right side before the crash. Because of deployment of right side air bag it caused the driver side air bag to be deployed. Car was exiting highway ramp when airbag deployed. Documented ins estimate avail.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

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problem #22

Mar 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated for an extended period of time. The vehicle was not inspected and diagnosed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V080000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Oct 152015


  • 205,000 miles


The SRS light stays on. Does not reset. Malfunction in air bag system. There needs to be a recall.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 102001


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. While driving at various speeds, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician turned off the air bag light; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V080000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #19

Sep 152014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light continuously illuminated.the failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V080000 (air bags). The contact also stated that the vehicle would not start until after several attempts. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V025000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 112009

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
We can take the key out of the ignition when the car is in gear causing the car to roll. This is one of the things that is being recalled. Also our SRS light is lite on the dash. Our auto manual indicates this is a airbag problem and needs attention by a dealer. We called Acura (11/03/2014) at 1-800-382-2238 and talk to danelle. We were told our VIN number does have a recall for these items. Do we have to have to pay for this because our VIN number isn't on the list" if other Acura's with our year and model is having a problem why isn't ours on the recall list"

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #17

Aug 012007


  • miles


The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph attempting to accelerate, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and excessive force was required to depress the pedal. Additionally, the contact stated that when pressure was applied to the front driver or passenger side doors, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Avendale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Sep 132012

TL 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
As I was waiting in my car, for my sister to get in. All of a sudden the ab light appears on my dash board. The second incident happen soon after that, as I was driving on the freeway, my car just came out of gear and wouldn't pass 1st gear. The D5 light started to flash on my dash board also. By then I had made it to the curb of the freeway, thankfully. I was really frighten cause I had my 8 month old baby in the back seat. Then it started to over heat as I was at a stop already.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 022013

TL 6-cyl

  • 153,700 miles
Today June 2, 2013, my 2000 Acura 32tl had sudden acceleration that resulted in a crash with a parked vehicle on the road while I was backing out of the driveway. After hitting the parked car, I tried to pull the car forward and tried to stop. Instead, it started moving forward uncontrollably, even though I was pushing on the brake pedal. I lost control of the vehicle to stop. It took control and started moving forward through road, driveway and neighboring lawn. I steered for about 100 feet and hit the corner of the neighboring home and finally stopped. It was for about 5 seconds of frightening moment that my family and I went through. It was sunny and 85 deg F. the car had severe damages on back and front bumpers. Tire marks on the road, driveway, and lawn, plus property damage to the corner of the house were sustained. Front airbags deployed and hit my wife and I in the face. I am wondering if there are ongoing investigations by NHTSA on similar incidents. Please advise.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #14

Aug 242011

TL 6-cyl

  • 89,140 miles
Airbag deployed while car sitting still in park (in my garage). I was starting the car in my garage when the passenger side - side airbag (aka; side curtain airbag) mounted in the passenger seat deployed without cause or reason!!!! Acura looked at the car for full week and returned the car to me with no explanation. Later, I called them and it was then that they told me (over the phone) that what I said was impossible, airbags don't just go off without reason. Now they are calling me a liar. Acura gave the response always given; Acura then used their normal excuse (I found multiple examples of this). They then said the airbag must have deployed due to minor scratches they found underneath the front underside of the car (this car is a no accident, one owner car and is pristine all over including under the car) so: They stated that a) I had to have been driving the car (calling me a liar) and B) that I had to have hit a pot hole or something in the road thus causing an airbag to deploy (in an unoccupied seat), as though that would be a good reason for an airbag to deploy! so: Airbag explodes sitting still, in a seat with no one in it (again; the passenger seat was unoccupied and empty of any objects or personal effects). So: an airbag goes off sitting still, with no one sitting in the seat!!) and Acura again uses the line they always use with many customers who have had unexplained airbag deployments) meaning; "scratches under the underside of an Acura cause airbags to deploy)! I swear the statements herein are factual, although, if you knew me, you would know that this is all truthful. Closest similar event; complaint # 763720;

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 282007

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,439 miles
I tried to put my car in reverse after starting it one day to no avail. I placed a screw driver in the shift lock position as the owner's manual stated. I called the Acura dealership and told them the problem. They didn't have a loaner car available and asked me to come in a day later. On my way to the dealership for my appointment the next day, I had complete brake failure while going 65 miles an hour on a tollway. The next 14 miles I tried to get the car to slow down. I tried to shift to neutral and put the car in accessory, but nothing worked including the emergency brake. In fact the car accelerated without me ever touching the accelerator. Finally I exited off the highway and purposely wrecked the car to avoid injury to others at such a high rate of speed. The car was on fire when I finally stopped. Luckily I was alive. I broke my foot and popped 2 vertebrae in my neck.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 012004


  • miles
Problems with air bag frontal sensor / control module. Dealer replaced opds unit and driver's seat belt.

- Oak Ridge , TN, USA

problem #11

Sep 252001


  • miles
Tthink twice and long before buying a 2000 Acura 3.2 TL.we are the second owners of this make/model/year. We and the original purchaser have experienced the following issues:on September 25th, 2001, at 20129 miles, the first owner took the automobile to an Acura service department because the SRS (supplemental restraint system) indicator light had come on.the shop replaced the 'opds unit' but provided no explanation as to why the warning indicator had come on. At 26467 miles, the original purchaser brought the car to the dealership because the brake indicator light had come on.brake fluid was added, but no reason for the light's illuminating was given.we purchased the vehicle with an odometer reading of 25807 miles.shortly thereafter, the SRS light came on and stayed on.at 26467 miles we brought the vehicle to an Acura dealer.shop personnel checked the SRS indicator and consequently ordered yet another 'opds' unit.while in the shop, the seal around the front windshield, which had puckered up, also was repaired.some three weeks later we returned to the dealership to have the opds unit replaced.no explanation was given for the problem.in the interim, the brake warning light had come on, and the brake reservior cap was changed as well.less than two months have passed:the SRS light is again constantly on.we are about to schedule an appointment to have this looked at, and also have the trunk light inspected, since it doesn't work.the trunk light problem is not due to a blown fuse or burned-out bulb; I checked that myself.having the SRS warning light come on, together with the dealer's inability to explain or rectify the situation, puts one in something of a quandry:is it a false warning, will the airbag(s) deploy in a crash? or is it an indication of a problem and will the airbag(s) not deploy when needed? the Acura 3.2 TL is not an inexpensive car, and one would expect it to require minimum attention while providing a high degree of reliability and safety. It doesn't.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 242000


  • miles
The air bag (SRS) light illumminates while driving, the dealer has appempted to remedy the problem on several occasion yet the problem still exist. Nlm

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #9

Jan 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light illuminated 5 times since January 2000. Also the driver seat belt light illuminated, the drivers seat belt was replacedsteering colum was replaced, the battery was replaced due to heavy corrosion.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #8

May 282002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states vehicle has been into dealership on 5 occasions due to the supplemental restraint system light illuminating.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

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