really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,937 miles

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2004 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #99

Jun 162014


  • 130,000 miles


Airbag indicator light on instrument panel illuminates periodically. Dashboard has developed two significant cracks directly over the front passenger airbag. I am concerned that the combination of the airbag indicator light and dashboard cracks indicate a safety issue. If the airbag were to deploy, it may not do so appropriately. The cracks could cause it to deploy in wrong direction, rendering it ineffective or dangerous. Also, pieces of dashboard could break off in event of airbag deployment and result in projectiles that could injure occupants.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #98

Jun 102012


  • miles
I purchased my 2004 Acura TL 3.2L in August 2009. When I purchased the vehicle it had no marks on the dash. About a year after purchase I started to notice a crack on the drivers side about two inches long. I thought I might've scratched it with my ring. As time past, that small crack became viral. Stretches all over my dash. The scariest part is that the crack is running a perfect rectangle and shows a small indent where the passenger side air bag is. Now my airbag light goes on and stays on occasionally. I love my car and really hate to look at my cracks on my dash that somewhat resembles a spiderweb. I do not feel safe having a passenger bc who know when that may burst (if possible). I feel Acura should recall these cars bc we paid for a durable, safe, and luxury car. This appears to be a common error with this make, year and model. My car still runs beautifully and hate to see her go down like this.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #97

Aug 172015


  • 184,000 miles
I have Acura TL 2004 well maintained service on time. One day it's raining and I drive around 10 mph and after some time my steering was froze I can't move I about to get crashed then I think it might be due to steering fluid I check its almost good then I drive next few days and problem gone but again when it's raining it did same thing.im scared to drive that car in raining. It's only bad in raining I don't know why. It also has sometime airbag warning on in rain.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #96

Aug 012012


  • 110,000 miles


From last 3-4 years the dashboard is getting cracks and the crack lines are overlapping air bags path. For last 2 months the air bag lights are on randomly.

- Lawrence Township, NJ, USA

problem #95

Aug 012014


  • 135,000 miles
My dashboard started to crack, very little to start but now has 6 major cracks running up and down the entire dash board with the cracks going complexly around the air bags.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

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problem #94

Jul 302015

TL 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I have a 2004 Acura TL and in the last months cracks have appeared on the dashboard, directly around the airbag compartment on the passenger side. It is definitely a defect of workmanship and or materials. There is way too much consistency in the positions of the cracks. There are hundreds of posts on social media reporting the same issue. Https://www.facebook.com/acuratldefectivedash/posts/219662424726766 my car has 165K miles, is garage kept, detailed regularly with one owner.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #93

Jul 082015

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


My 04 TL has pretty much had nothing but tlc since I bought it in 2010 with 42000miles now in 2015 I'm at 87000miles and I get the cracked dash... I read about this when I bought the car and I was hoping I was going to be lucky but I guess not. MA 10/5 this is obviously an Acura screw up... updated 11/08/2017

- Neptune , NJ, USA

problem #92

Jun 152015


  • miles
Cracks have appeared in the dashboard especially around the passenger side airbag. The airbag light has been on since the first crack appeared. Dealer says to trade in the car and buy a new one! why doesn't Acura own this issue and fix this systemic problem that owners are reporting? this is potentially a huge safety issue as I am concerned that the air bag may deploy unexpectedly.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #91

May 022014


  • 115,000 miles
Cracks in the passenger side dashboard began overnight that outlined the passenger airbag. Car is garaged and kept in parking garage at work. Discoloration of the dash began at 40,000 miles only involving this same part. I used meguires dashboard protector at the advice of the Acura dealership since 40,000 miles but that didn't seem to stop the process. Dash part appears defective but Acura does not appear interested in recalling.

- Charleston , SC, USA

problem #90

Jun 042014


  • 86,000 miles
Front passanger dash began to crack in airbag area for no appearent reason. Was not over exposed to the sun and vehical had just over 80,000 miles at first sight of damage. Dash cracking continued on both sides of passanger airbag down towards glove compartment. Airbag light is permanently on due to this compromise. I tried to inquire about dealership coverage of replacement of this safety hazard, as I feared that bags may fully deploy at the slightest bump on the road/highway. Dealership said that I solely would have to cover repair and replacement of entire dash console, as they could not, and would not, take any responsiblity for defective equipment/materials. I have not repaired, as the cost is well into the $2,000 range for parts and labor! I am uneasy driving my vehical. I was not aware that so many Acura TL 2004 owners have experienced the same problem. Acura should take safety responsibility and recall all 2004 Acura TL vehicles with passenger dash/airbag defects!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #89

May 112015


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving at an undetermined speed, the passenger side air bag inadvertently deployed. There were no injuries. The passenger side leather seat was severally damaged and torn due to the failure. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #88

Jul 112007

TL 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
The cracks around passanger side airbag. The air bag light has been on since the first crack appear. The cracks are on all over the dashboard. Some chipping started now. I have taken to the dealer many times and I was told there is no issue but couldn't clear the light. The car is always parked in garage and under canopy at work.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #87

Mar 042015

TL 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Extensive cracking of dashboard cover, including near passenger side airbag which may cause dashboard pieces to become missiles in the event of deployment of this airbag. Acura has of this date not issued a recall or in any way that I know of accepted responsibility for this product issue.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #86

Mar 052014

TL 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
A small crack developed on the dashboard on left side of the passenger side airbag. Over time, the crack has grown and another crack has developed on the right side along the passenger side airbag. Both cracks are of equal length running from the top of the dashboard down past the airbag. Now there are more than 6 cracks on the entire dashboard and they are progressing in all directions everyday. Rapid progression of these cracks (specially the ones around the passenger side air bag area) makes me very uncomfortable driving around this car. If the dashboard is not replaced immediately, this air bag could deploy pre maturely and cause serious harm and/or injury and/or death of my family member. This definitely looks like a recall issue and Acura/dealer needs to pay for the part to be fixed and/or replaced.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #85

Mar 012012

TL 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard cracked in 3 places. It appeared to almost happen overnight it was so quick. The car has always been garaged or parked under a cover at work. It only gets direct sunlight while driving and the occasional store parking lot. At this writing the number of cracks is now 6.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #84

Mar 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags) however, the part needed to do the repair was not available. The contact felt the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Barksdale, CA, USA

problem #83

Oct 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
3 cracks have been forming for the last 6 months on my dash from the middle speaker over to the left airbag compartment area. They are now beginning to split. The airbag light also now comes on when there is a passenger riding on the right front seat. Dealership gave me a replacement price of $2500 but that Acura corporate is knocking off less than $200 for "goodwill". this is an obvious defect.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #82

Feb 232015


  • 126,500 miles
I am the 2nd owner of a 2004 Acura TL that I purchased in October of 2007. It has been a great vehicle with the exception of a recent defect issue. The dashboard has cracked multiple times directly over the passenger side airbag as well as over the instrument panel. It appears this is a common defect reported by several other owners of this year, make, and model of vehicle. I'm afraid the cracks may cause inadvertent airbag deployment which would be extremely dangerous to myself or any other occupant that may be in my car. I strongly believe Acura needs to step up and handle this safety issue.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #81

Feb 142015

TL 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Passenger airbag warning light had been on for around 5 months prior to incident date where the dashboard has cracked right down the center of the airbag location and toward the center of the dashboard as well. We are in fear of the bag causing serious injury or death due to deploying spontaneously or not deploying correctly upon the result of a collision. I researched this problem as I am meticulous about my vehicles and always kept the interior surfaces protected as well as used a sun shield to keep the uv rays from affecting or fading the surface of the dash. I have not gone to a dealership as I see this is a major manufacturer issue and Acura seems to be turning it's back on it's loyal customers. Please let me know what I need to do to pursue this further or join in a massive lawsuit.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #80

Mar 082013

TL 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The passenger side air bag light on the Acura stays on due to the fact that the dash is cracking so bad around the air bag that it appears the air bag could very easily pop through the dash. I contacted Acura as soon as I saw the cracks but of course they claim its not defective just usual wear and tare!! but through research I have found that there are many Acura owners complaining of this issue but Acura won't do anything about this! so does someone have to die due to a malfunctioning passenger side air bag because of their defective dash issues. This isn't a new issue for Acura owners however, us owners cannot find a way to be heard and get Acura to fix this issue. You tell me if its safe to see a dash that will swell up in the heat of summer and close the gaps in the cracks on a dash and then seem them very openly gapped open in the winter due to the cold. Still waiting for the worse to happen so Acura owners can get justice for this defect in a $50,000 car!!!!

- Tabor City, NC, USA

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