NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,625 miles

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2004 Acura TL lights problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #4

May 102008


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact was pulled over by the police and informed that the passenger side headlight was not working. The contact did not notice any differences in the headlights prior to the failure. The driver side headlight has recently been diagnosed by the dealer for the same issue. The passenger side headlight has not been diagnosed. The current mileage was 110,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Surry, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 062005


  • miles
Acura 2004 low beam headlights. Insufficient illumination of the road on driver's side, especially going down a hill. Cannot see if something/someone dashes out from driver's side. Dealer checked and it meets specifications for type of light/design.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Low beam head lights offer a dangerously low amount of light on roads with dips and hills and curves especially in neighborhoods. Lack of ambient light eliminates any chance at the split-second decision needed to avoid a possible deer or cat crossing or pedestrian in your path. Normally at low neighborhood speeds your bright light beams are not needed or used so the blacked out areas can pop up at anytime with no warning. These lights are going to cause accidents and deaths if they are not replaced with ones that are practical for everyday driving. What works on a test track isn't always best for the average driver.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The left headlamp beam creates a dark/blind spot about 5-6' inches in diameter. The driver's eyes start focusing on this spot at high speeds the driver misses the lanes and gets blinded, dazed and confused - a cause that may very soon cause accidents.

- Edison, NJ, USA

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