really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,166 miles

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2004 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #126

Oct 012016


  • miles


Cracked dashboard on passanger side where air bags are located.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #125

Oct 122016


  • 120,000 miles
Dashboard/passenger air bag cover has significant cracks. May affect performance when deployed.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #124

Dec 302014


  • 50,000 miles
The passenger side dashboard started with a hairline crack and gradually grew larger and cracks formed in many other areas on my dashboard. This ultimately affected my airbag causing the light to on my console to turn on when a passenger is seated. The passenger airbag indicator light on my driver console represents there is a problem with that airbag and will not deploy upon impact. This is extremely dangerous.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #123

Oct 312016

TL 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


I was reading some other complaints here and this has also happened to my car. The dashboard is totally cracked surrounding the airbag and looks like the airbag will explode any time. I was actually just in an accident and it didn't explode, which makes me even more nervous. It looks horrible and is very expensive to replace. I have talked to several mechanics as well as a vinyl/leather repair place. The repair place won't touch it because it surrounds the airbag and could effect proper function. However, like I said, I was just hit in the front of my car and it didn't explode at all!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #122

Dec 042014


  • 126,000 miles
Takata recall cracks have formed across the entire dashboard including around the area where the airbags are located. Issue seems to be worsening over time.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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problem #121

May 312016


  • 123,000 miles
Sudden appearance of crack in dash panel, perfectly outlining passenger air bag. Appears air bag might be swelling, and about to break through dash panel. First noticed when on ordinary day-time drive on interstate highway.. local dealer said has never seen this before on any model Acura. Dealer says it is only heat crack. This is not logical, as the vehicle is kept in my garage. Furthermore, the only area cracking is around the air bag. The rest of the dash is as much exposed to the sun as the air bag area. We are in a very temperate climate of West Virginia. No such problems seen in hot climates of Florida, Arizona, etc., according to local dealer. This situation is frightening, a serious safety concern, and should receive immediate attention.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #120

Aug 252016


  • 95,000 miles


Takata recall? 2004 Acura TL dashboard started cracking 2 months ago and is getting worse. Now, it has cracks that show the outline of airbags on passenger and driver side of dash. This may cause issues with airbags deployment. I looked on line and found that this is a very common problem in the 2004 Acura TL. This 2004 Acura TL has approx 95000 miles, was purchased new and has been garaged since purchase. This vehicle has no airbag deployment or accident history. Airbag light sensor now comes on randomly.we are afraid the airbags will not deploy if in an accident or deploy at random. If this is not a safety issue I do not know what would constitute one and it seems Acura refuses to address or fix the problem.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #119

Mar 012016


  • miles
My dashboard has developed cracks emanating from the spot where the airbag is intended to deploy. Not only are the cracks unsightly, but I am concerned that these cracks may impede with the proper function of the airbags.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #118

Sep 022016


  • 127,000 miles
Takata recall my son has a 2004 Acura TL and on September 2nd, he drove to work with the car. On his way, while driving in the parking lot, his side curtain airbag deployed along with one from the seat only on one side. He took the car to the Acura dealership in milford for diagnostic test per Acura corporation, came back they are blaming him that he caused the airbag to deploy by driving over bumps, etc. They are refusing to fix the car. Yet still all the years from 2000 TL through present recall except 2004. And they are blaming him that they will not fix his car. That is not right, Acura knows that the airbags are defected. He needs his car to go to work.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #117

Aug 222016


  • miles
The dashboard is starting to crack over the passenger airbag and I am very scared that it will deploy without warning injuring my passenger.

- Ruckersville, VA, USA

problem #116

Jun 012015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag housing fractured along the lower section of the dashboard. The contact was concerned that the air bag could deploy independently. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #115

Aug 072016


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the dashboard was cracked around the passenger side air bag. The contact also stated that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle decelerated as the check engine warning light flashed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #114

Jan 012016


  • 100,000 miles
Major cracks around passenger side airbag on 2004 Acura TL. Apparently thousands of other TL owners are experiencing this defect. The cracks appear to affect the airbag functionality. Quotes in terms of replacement are around $1800. However, this is happening not due to owner error or fault, but rather to all Acura, garage stored and otherwise.

- Playa Del Rey, CA, USA

problem #113

Jul 012016


  • 80,000 miles
Takada recall I am hoping you can find out information for 2004 TL owners. Honda and Acura's for the years 2001-03 and 05 and beyond have been included in the takata recall. I find it hard to believe that 04 Acura Tls have airbags sourced from a company other than takata. And I have been unable to find any reliable information out from Acura or Honda. I would like to understand why the 04 Acura Tls are not listed in the recall, yet Acura and Honda cars in the years before and after 04 are. I even contacted the dealership about having a proactive air bag replacement even though the 04 Acura TL is currently not part of the recall. I was told they could replace the airbag, but that the replacement would be the same airbag that the car was manufactured with. I would like additional information to be provided why Acura/Honda is convinced that the 2004 Acura Tls do not need to be included in the recall. Any help the government can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #112

Jun 042016


  • 130,000 miles
2004 Acura TL with approx 130,000 miles. Crack around the passenger side airbag. Started 2 weeks ago and is getting larger. Vehicle with no airbag deployment or accident history.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #111

May 152016


  • miles
Takata recall problem...passenger side of car on dashboard-outline of airbag appeared, break in leather on dashboard. No car accident occurred. Airbag has not deployed as of yet. Noticed crack on dashboard week of 5/15/2016

- Granby, CT, USA

problem #110

May 052015


  • 69,620 miles
My dashboard has two large cracks running the width of the dashboard, along where the airbags are supposed to deploy. No accident caused this defect.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #109

Jan 012016


  • 120,000 miles
Airbag light sensor on dashboard always.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #108

Jan 202016


  • 110,000 miles
Air bag light sensor is on and all the dash is cracked and we are afraid the air bag will not deploy in a accident or randomly will deploy without a accident.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #107

Apr 262016


  • miles
Multiple cracks on the dashboard that are close to the passenger airbag on the front right hand side. Cracks also happen throughout the dashboard by the instrument cluster and the middle close to the windshield. Very bad material Acura used to make these with. Should be a recall due to the safety issue with the airbag also.

- Downey, CA, USA

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