NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1999-2003 Acura TL has a known & widespread defect with the transmission.

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.

Now these vehicles are past the warranty limit, so buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,341 miles

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2002 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 222011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Acura 3.2 TL. The contact was involved in a head on crash and the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted and told the contact that a case would be opened. The failure and current mileage was 147,000. Updated 06/24/11 updated 2/03/2012

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 072008

TL 6-cyl

  • 60,364 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura TL. While driving 45 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle, causing a 120 degree crash. The driver's side air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck injuries and underwent physical therapy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster, who was unable to determine why the air bag did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 60,364. Updated 08/20/09. Updated 08/20/09.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 192006

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph the vehicle was involved in a crash and the frontal airbags did not deploy. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and a police report was filed at the scene. The vehicle sustained frontal damage and it was towed to an independent repair shop for inspection. The dealership was alerted.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 262002


  • miles
Consumer was traveling on the highway and without warning airbags didn't deploy when another vehicle veered into consumer's vehicle.

- Mimia, FL, USA

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