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 5 of 7)

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problem #59

Mar 142013


  • 48,500 miles


Dashboard cracked suddenly above the passenger airbag compartment exposing the airbag compartment to the sun through the crack. Dashboard also deformed and appears to be sticking to airbag compartment around the edges on the top. The crack is growing. The crack initially formed suddenly while I was driving, and made a loud clap, which could startle drivers. I am concerned that the air bag could fail due to this defect and further cracks could form suddenly making startling noises while driving.the size of the crack and amount of deformation varies with temperature.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #58

Jun 252009

TL 6-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
Dash board driver to passenger side many large long cracks. Acura TL owners get no response from Acura motor company on this defect.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #57

Dec 032012

TL 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Crack on dashboard on passenger side airbag. There has been no accident. Dealer will not fix it as there is no warranty left.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #56

Apr 242013

TL 6-cyl

  • 240,599 miles


I was driving down the road when the passenger side dashboard cracked about 12 inches. The crack goes up right between the passenger airbag. For this reason alone this should be a recall. It makes my car look terrible. I hate when people see the crack. They always say "I thought these Acura's were nice". I'm afraid to let anyone ride in the front seat in case of airbag failure.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #55

Nov 152011


  • 32,000 miles
The dashboard of my car started cracking around November of 2011, it is now completely covered in large cracks, including one right over the center of the passenger side air bag. My main concern is the fact that the dash is obviously not structurally sound, therefore in the event that the passenger airbag deploys pieces of dash will become sharp projectiles flying through the car.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

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problem #54

Aug 012011


  • 98,000 miles
In the month of August of 2011, my 2004 Acura TL started a minor 2 inch long crack on the passenger's side near the frontal airbag deployment area. The following day the crack expanded to over 6 inches. During the next few months the crack multiplied into several cracks along the entire dashboard. At the time of the dashboard cracking, the airbag warning light illuminated on the dashboard. My local mechanic ran diagnostics and nothing came back that was out-of-the-ordinary. I believe the dashboard is an ingredient in the airbag light because the airbags are internally located within the dashboard. Acura has admitted their fault in the improper materials used in the 3rd generation Acura Tls (2004-2008), but decline to replace the dashboards out of good will.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #53

Apr 012012

TL 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Dashboard is cracking on its own, not due to normal wear and tear. Cracks are over the passenger side airbag and other parts of dashboard.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #52

Sep 012013


  • 112,000 miles
I have a long 5 inch crack on my dashboard that covers the airbag. It appeared out of no where and that is a well known issue that Acura is aware of but doesn't recall. It will get worse and im afraid it will affect the ability of the airbag deploying properly.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #51

Sep 302010


  • 70,000 miles
Cracks developed on dash board. Small at first but have grown over the past 2 years. I thought it was just a cosmetic problem but have read recently that this could be a safety issue with the airbags not deploying. Acura refuses to fix or remedy the problem even though I have provided appropriate care and maintenance over the years.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #50

Oct 022012

TL 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My dashboard has developed several cracks. I feel that is unsafe since it has a crack on the passenger side over the air bag. Acura needs to do something about it. Cause it's several Acura TL with the same problem not just mine. I'm a very upset owner. A great engine but low quality interior since my seats have also torn.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #49

May 072013


  • 108,000 miles


Dashboard has cracked directly over the passenger side airbag. Car is stored in a garage daily and out of excessive heat/cold year round. Steering wheel cover over the driver's side airbag also has cracked. Both cracks show visible outline of the airbags. Addressed the steering wheel crack with the fairfield, ca dealership where car was purchased and was told that I needed to have the airbag replaced at a cost of $1,500 dollars. The issue was part of the airbag housing. If that's the case, wouldn't this be a safety issue and not cosmetic" especially because both cracks are directly over the airbags"

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 252013


  • 101,000 miles
The dashboard is cracking severely on the passenger side of the vehicle. The cracks are expanding rapidly, and it looks like an outline of the airbag compartment. I'm afraid that the airbag will deploy accidentally, and/or that the pieces of the dashboard will injure someone riding on the passenger side of the front seat during an airbag deployment. My wife is scared to ride in the car now.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #47

Jul 022012

TL 6-cyl

  • 123,145 miles
My 2004 Acura TL has a few large cracks on tha dash/instrument panel. I am the second owner that has been garage kept and very well maintained. I do not understand that a luxury car would have such a defect that may produce serious injuries on our children or spouses. Acurazine.com, facebook, twitter and a Georgia news reporter has hundreds of complaints and picturs of this deect and have been told that it is not a problem by dealships. Please make a recall for this defective dash!!!!

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #46

Dec 102012


  • 85,000 miles
The entire dash of my Acura has cracked and the cracks are everywhere. Over the air bags, near the air bags....everywhere!! what is going on!?

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #45

May 042012

TL 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I noticed a couple of cracks on my dash. Since I noticed them there had become additional cracks. After doing research I discovered this is a very common problem for this make and model and the cracks occur in the same spots. The biggest concern if the crack over the passenger side airbag.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #44

Jan 052011

TL 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
There was no accident or incident. I have complained about this to you over a year ago and nothing was ever resolved! our dash is cracking only where both air bags are on both the driver and passenger dash! this was not cased by anything but the manufacture. We really would like to see a recall on this. We have a 03 and 04 Acura TL. The 03 has a recall on the air bags and it doesn't even show any signs of damage. The 04 needs a recall before our airbags come out on us driving down the road, then we will sue Acura! I have pictures if you need them!

- Otto, NC, USA

problem #43

Oct 012009


  • 80,000 miles
Cracking dashboard.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #42

Oct 122011


  • 80,000 miles
The dash board has cracked in multiple places over the passenger air bag. If the air bag was to deploy in an accident it would shoot sharp edged pieces of plastic at the passengers resulting in injury or death. It is happening to every 2004-2008 Acura TL. Something needs to be done. Some Acura dealers are covering some of the cost but it should be a recall for consumers safety. My wife will not ride in the car and will not allow our children as well. So I have a $50,000 luxury sedan that is useless. Please help us Acura owners. Thank you

- Ama, LA, USA

problem #41

Aug 242012

TL 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
My dashboard has a crack around the driver's side airbag. The car has never been hit or wrecked. This crack just appeared and the check airbag indicator is on. I've been reading on the internet that many many other owners of this car are having the same problem. I'm afraid the airbag will deploy without cause. Please check into this and let me know if there is a cause for a recall on this car. Thanks.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #40

Aug 172012


  • 115,000 miles
Small crack started at center of dashboard near the window. In 1 day it has wrapped almost completely around the drivers side of the dashboard and is nearly 2 feet long now. My 1989 Honda Accord had a better looking dash after 23 years. This is a major safety issue and needs fixed asap by Acura.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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