hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,365 miles

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jul 012014


  • 125,000 miles


My 2005 Acura TL started getting a crack in the dashboard on the passenger side, exactly on the outline on one side of the airbag. It spread to the complete length of the left outline/seam of the airbag within 2 days. Two weeks later a cracke appeared on the right side of the airbag(along the seam). Now there is another huge crack going across the width of the passenger airbag. It is practically about to burst open. I am so afraid the airbag is going to deploy for no reason. I believe it is a major defect that is a major health hazard that could potentially injure or kill the passenger. I really need Acura to fix this defect. I have read many other reports of this same problem with the same make model & year. There needs to be a safety recall!

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #28

Nov 102016


  • 190,680 miles
2005 Acura TL well maintained, always garaged. Nov 10, 2016 started noticing cracks on dashboard. 2 big ones on passenger side over where air bag supposed to be. Counted at least 6 different cracks over the entire dashboard, in various spots. This should not happen for a premium car maker such as Acura but no recall or assistance $$ to fix issue.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #27

Oct 012016


  • 120,000 miles
Known issue with no official recall. Dash board cracks directly above airbag. Started with on large crack and now there are two above airbag. I have 3 coworkers all with Acura TL's from 04-06 years all with the same cracks. Dealer is making drivers responsible to replace with no guarantee it won't happen again. There are numerous online forums and facebook page just regards to this issue. Should be a recall.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #26

Aug 282016


  • miles


Both front seats and the dashboard are extremely full of cracks for a vehicle with such low mileage and always well taken care of.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jun 022016


  • 80,000 miles
Dashboard crack and air bag signal show.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

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problem #24

Sep 162016


  • 139,620 miles
The rear view mirror in my Acura TL 2005 suddenly became hazy and started leaking a black / dark green fluid which produced a chemical taste in my mouth an a slight sore throat. I'm concerned the dripping liquid is toxic and harmful to passengers in addition to the loss of visibility. This does not fall in the category of a wear out item and it should not harm individuals in the process. My car was stationary when I noticed the initial liquid at the bottom of my mirror.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #23

Apr 182016


  • miles


My dash board crack with not reason right in the medium

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 012016


  • 123,000 miles
My 2005 Acura TL is developing cracks in the dashboard. One of the cracks of major concern is the one that is forming along the right-hand side of the passenger airbag. I am afraid that the crack will cause the airbag to malfunction! the bag may deploy suddenly while driving, it may deploy upwards rather than forwards; it may cause the dash to crack further and spray the passenger compartment with dash shrapnel, or the cracks themselves my puncture the airbag - each causing a great safety concern including death or severe injury. The airbag light started to appear intermittently after the cracked formed around the airbag. I am afraid to fill the crack as that may also affect the airbag and safety of the vehicle. This problem is so widespread that social media groups have been formed - such as on facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/acuratldefectivedash/posts/219662424726766 ). it seems to affect many of the Acura TL models 2004-2008. The company should take responsibility and create a recall due to safety concerns for their passengers.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #21

Jun 012016


  • 170,000 miles
Dashboard is cracked in two places. One crack is right above the airbag. Not sure if it could cause the airbag to deploy? I have read that this is a problem with a lot of Acura.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 022016


  • miles
A year ago my dashboard began to crack for no apparent reason, last week my airbag light went on and stays on. Research show that a large number of people have the same problem.

- New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #19

Aug 102015


  • 105,000 miles


My 2005 Acura TL has developed a significant dashboard crack along the perimeter of the passenger side airbag location. This is a well known issue posted on many internet sites including many reports on facebook community: Https://www.facebook.com/acuratldefectivedash/posts/219662424726766? additionally, many others have submitted complaints to NHTSA expressing their safety concerns. Since the time of the crack the airbag light will alarm. The dashboard crack is sharp and jagged edged. If the airbag is deployed the cracked dash will likely interfere in the airbag's trajectory and/or possible gash the airbag. In addition the cracked dash may spray pieces into the occupancy area. I am sure Acura has not tested airbag deployment safety with a crack dashboard. The NHTSA needs to investigate this broad problem on 3rd generation Acura Tls (2004-2008), as Acura will not address or even acknowledge this safety issue. I strongly encourage the NHTSA to follow-thru with an investigation. We do not need anyone being seriously injured due to these crack dashboards undergoing force of an airbag deployment. I am attaching a photo of my cracked dash. Original crack was ~3 inches, now the crack is 8-9". the crack continues to grow which amplifies the safety concerns. Also attaching a photo compiled of other 3rd generation Acura Tls with same issue. Many photos are on the internet.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #18

Mar 012013


  • 80,000 miles
Dashboard cracked in several spots. I have read that many complaints has been filed on this particular year, make, and model of car and nothing has been done to resolve this issue.

- Vernon, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 012014


  • miles
Takata airbags? dashboard on passenger side is cracked and has become to increase in size. Fear that this may cause airbag "takata" to explode. Airbag light on driverside randomly comes on and will stay on while driving or parked. Fear that airbag light may be an indicator of front airbags may go wrong. Over time the dashboard cracks have increased in size.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 012015


  • 55,000 miles
Crack has appeared on dashboard passenger side over air bag area. Vehicle was stationary. Safety concern with airbag

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #15

Apr 152016


  • 119,000 miles
The dashboard developed 2 long cracks immediately on passenger side over airbag without any sign of them appearing over time. Car has been garage kept and well maintained/clean and all leather/dash/panels routinely moisturized. Car has never been wrecked. Google 2005 Acura TL dashboard and you get numerous complaints about this occurring just over the last 6 months for the same make/model. Not sure if this will affect the airbag deployment or will just be an eyesore. Replacement parts cost approx. $730, not including labor. Contacted Acura but they refuse to replace the dash at their own cost due to vehicle being out of warranty. This needs to be investigated to ensure passengers will be safe and airbag will deploy properly if in an accident.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #14

Mar 152016


  • miles
Major crack all over dash board. Six are on the passenger side of dash directly where air bags are housed above glove compartment, spanning the entire width to the drivers side. Air bag light is on as well. Did some research and discovered it was a very common problem with this model and nothing has been done to fix. The cracks are getting wider with time and have progressed with time.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #13

Apr 072015


  • 90,000 miles
Dashboard cracking.....91,000 miles. Bought new. Garage kept.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 012016


  • 69,000 miles
The dashboard is cracking. Cracks on the drivers side go from front of the dash near windshield to back near the steering wheel. The car has been garaged and not abused. I am concerned that it may start to crack near the airbag on the passenger side and cause problems.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 012015


  • miles
The dashboard is cracked, I called Acura client relations reference # 04258828 and they told me the vehicle has exceeded warranty coverage, repair costs are relinquished to the owner. I purchased the vehicle brand new in 2005 and now the mileage is $103000 now. The dashboard crack still continue and will get worse later on. I don't think this should happened to the name brand car Acura ! I did a research on internet and found out so many people had a same problem. And why is no recall " this is to protect vehicle owners safety to safe life if the crack continue on and it will effecting the dashboard airbag ! I never seen this before and very disappointed with Acura. I don't know when this happened, I just noticed last month. Oct 2015" please help thanks,

- Oakland Gardens, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 012014


  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2005 acuratl in good condition. Last year, a long crack appeared on my passenger side dashboard. A week later a second long crack appeared parallel to the first crack. Lastly, about a month ago a third crack appeared making a horizontal line between the first and second crack. It is very noticeable. A security guard once asked me, what model was my car. He replied, that it is a defect with the 2005 Acura TL's. his and his friend's car did the same thing, he said. I began to research online. I found many forums and blogs of people complaining of this same issue. I contacted Acura and of course they claim no liability because of the car's age or mileage. I have read that this a safety issue with the passenger side airbag....updated 09/28/15

- Jackson, MS, USA

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