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 1 of 7)

problem #139

Mar 112019


  • 153,000 miles


I was parked in an automatic carwash when my driver side airbag started dripping water on me. I'm afraid this could cause my airbag to deploy. I've also experienced crazy electrical issues intermittently that are not safe and I wonder if this is related. I also have a video if that is needed.

- Wellington, MO, USA

problem #138

Jul 042018


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact stated that the front passenger air bag compartment was cracked and the air bag indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to dch Acura of temecula (951-428-2317, located at 26705 ynez rd, temecula, ca 92591) where the technician stated that nothing could be done except to cover that part of the dashboard. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was not provided.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #137

Sep 012018


  • miles
Dash is completely covered in cracks. I feel like this can't be safe with the airbags underneath the cracks. Also, whenever a passenger is in my car the airbag light comes on.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #136

Nov 162018


  • 210,000 miles


Simply driving down the highway when the passenger seat side airbag deployed. Car has not been in an accident and did not hit a pothole. Research online finds this to be a common problem, but Acura does not appear to be concerned. Airbag explosion alone was loud enough to almost cause an accident due to the scare.

- Adrian, MO, USA

problem #135

Oct 162018


  • miles
The dashboard panel of my 04 Acura TL is severely cracked. My concern is if in the event an airbag did deploy due to false sensors or even due to an accident, how much damage will this cause me? I understand that an airbag will annihilate the dash if activated and hopefully damages are minimal but that was tested with a dashboard panel that was fully intact. IżM a little concerned since I also have 98 forerunner and the dash panel is nearly emaculant. I feel there is a manufacturing defect in the plastic in these vehicles that should be recalled and fixed.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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problem #134

Jul 182018


  • 80,000 miles
A crack has appeared on the dashboard over top of the passenger airbag. Worried about passenger safety and airbag effectiveness in the event of an accident.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #133

Feb 012018


  • 35,000 miles


Air bag light is on and air bag is deactivated due to defective switch in seat belt buckle. Manufacturer has lifetime seat belt warranty but will not honor the warranty because they claim that the switch is part of the air bag system and not part of the seat belt. So my wife and daughter has to drive a car with no air bags because Honda/Acura will not honor their warranty. Should be a recall on this, as it is a common problem.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #132

Oct 102017


  • miles
I have 2004 Acura TL, about 105000 miles. Airbag light was intermittent, now stays on, dashboard on top passenger side cracked several months ago. The vehicle has no previous airbag deployment. May cause airbag deployment, safety issue?

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #131

Jun 192017


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact noticed that the dashboard around the air bag area was cracked. The air bags and wiring were not exposed. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #130

Aug 022017


  • 199,000 miles
The passenger dashboard developed significant cracks overnight. Looks like where airbag would deploy. At same time check airbag light came on.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #129

Aug 082016


  • 100,000 miles


Cracks appeared on the dashboard. This lead to airbag signal appear.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #128

Jun 202017


  • 172,000 miles
Takata recall. 2004 Acura TL dash board noticed a long crack then the passenger seat belt and air bag light no longer turns on. The vehicle was parked inside my garage on 6/20/17. Checked online and many owners are experiencing the same issue. The crack if very close to the airbag and I am afraid it may deploy at any moment while driving causing it to be unsafe driving condition. Some to most owners are receiving a recall or replacement for the erorr according to takata recall.

- Hercules, CA, USA

problem #127

May 082017


  • 135,000 miles
Dashboard cracking for no reason. Cracks are in many places and occur near the dash air bag which is concerning if it every goes off could send sharp pieces of the dash into myself or a passenger (wife, daughter). Photos can be taken if needed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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

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

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