NHTSA — Tires: Sidewall Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,515 miles

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2004 Acura TL wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092006


  • miles


Four new P235/45zr17 pirelli pzero nero M&S tires purchased December 6, 2005 from tire rack. Have had 3 [so far] of those tires blow out: March 9, 2006 after 3,295 miles; May 30, 2006 after 5,536 miles; June 30, 2006 after 6,184 miles. (1) were told by tire rack and their installer that it was just bad luck. (2) tire rack said it could be an installation problem. Authorized pirelli dealer installers (not the ones who originally installed the tires) say it is impossible to install incorrectly and conclude it is bad luck. (3) authorized pirelli dealer says it could be that the valve stem has a tear at its base but denies any manufacturers defect. We are convinced we bought a bad run of these tires out of the italy plant before they stopped making them there.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 072006

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,060 miles
Oem Bridgestone turanza EL42 tire disintegrated on drive side rear wheel of 2004 Acura TL. Driving on highway at approx 55 mph. Vibration and then suddenly tire fell apart. Sidewall completely separated from bead. Tire size P235/45 R17.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 082005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The majority of the owners of 2004 and newer Acura Tls know that there is an existing problem with the Bridgestone turanza EL42 tires that the vehicle is equipped with. There is an issue with vibration with these tires. In 2005, Acura started selling the TL with Michelin tires because of the complaints. Those of us who still have the bridgestones are still experiencing problems. Currently, my vehicle (2004 TL) has cracking on the sidewalls of the tires now. I am required to fill it with air approximately every 2 or 3 days. I have contacted the dealership, they inspected the tires and acknowledged the cracks, and they refuse to do anything about it. They wanted me to handle the warranty claim with Bridgestone and sent me off on my way, with a potentially unsafe vehicle. I have no doubt that a blowout of the tire is unpreventable and it's only a matter of time before it happens, but they do not care. I am suggesting that a recall be placed on the Bridgestone EL42 tires and that all Acura Tls with these tires be replaced with the Michelin tires, which the current year Tls come equipped with.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272005


  • miles
This complaint refers to the original equipment tires (Bridgestone el-42, 235/45-17 93W ) supplied on the 2004 Acura TL with 5 speed automatic transmission. After just a short time I have found this tire to be entirely unsafe and unsuitable to this vehicle. I believe that both Acura and Bridgestone should be held responsible for replacing this tire on all existing vehicles. This tire exhibits unsafe characteristics in wet weather and on snow. At about 14,000 miles we just had a flat tire on a highway and when we took it for fixing we were told that the sidewall has collapsed (and looks like a bubble) and that we can no longer use it as it will explode. We must replace it after riding over a nail. We believe the sidewall should be reinforced more to withhold driving on a flat to safety without having to replace it. From a ride quality point of view the tire is also unsatisfactory in that it flat spots every morning, leading to vibrations during our drive. I also understand that there may be an issue regarding the rating as an "all season tire" with many owners reporting that this tire is virtually useless in any kind of snow conditions.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

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