NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Acura TL lights problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 052015


  • miles


Previous recall on the power steering hose leaking, mine is leaking when in motion and stationary, previous recall on internal transmission fault, previous recall on wiper motor housing, current recall on ball joints, was told by mechanic I have a ball joint problem, current problem with passenger side headlight going out. Replaced ballast with new one and head light worked for a couple of weeks and went out again, notice while in motion and stationary.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 212014

TL 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The rear brake lights of this Acura TL were failing to turn on when pressing on the brake pedal or were extremely dim. Another driver notified me when he nearly rear ended the car. The problem was determined to be a faulty brake switch, which seems to be a common issue on many (2004+) Tls based on the TL forums. Honda/Acura has issued a new replacement part with updated part number as well. This part should be swapped out on all affected models to prevent rear end collisions!

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 182012


  • 67,000 miles
Since all headlights have been redesigned to have plastic covers rather than glass, the amount of light available for lighting the road has diminished with time as the plastic ages. I have seen some vehicles where the headlight covers are totally opaque. If any vehicle has diminished luminous from its lights, it is a hazard to all other vehicles and pedestrians. Recalls should be sent to all manufacturers.

- Colesville, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 302009

TL 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
About 18 months ago the headlights on my 2004 TL began flickering on and off while I was driving. I took the car to Acura but they couldn't find the problem and they told me it would cost $1000 to do an "appropriate diagnostic test". the problem with the headlamps stopped after a few months, but then other lights began going out (interior center console where the ac and radio are, and the interior console to the left of the steering wheel, and the interior door console) and flickering (exterior side panel lights when I alarm or dis-alarm the car). I took the car to Acura again in Nov 2011, and they told me the problem was was fixed after they replaced my battery, but they mistakenly only looked at the driver's dashboard lights where the speedometer/odometer are located (and where there is no problem) and the techs didn't understand what I was talking about. This lighting problem is getting unsafe, as I can no longer see the buttons for the ac/defrost, etc. At night and I have to fumble around to press the correct buttons. I know I am not the only one with this issue. The battery was so drained that I had to replace it, I believe because of this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 132007


  • 56,000 miles
2004 Acura TL both xenon headlights stop working. This car low and high beam are on this system (one bulb for both low and high beam). No lights for driving at night and bad weather.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

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