NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,357 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Acura TSX lights problems

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2004 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132016


  • 106,000 miles


Center stack HVAC lights have stopped working. I've read countless threads & forums that state this is a known issue.it does pose a safety issue, I'm not sure why this has not been recalled yet. The warranty was extended, however, no one was notified & I purchased this car after the warranty period expired for the center console lights. They stopped working at 106K miles. In the daytime or dark you cannot read the climate control or radio control or clock display. You constantly fidget in the dark trying to see if you're pressing the proper button to defrost windows or turn the heat or air on. Taking your eyes off the road to fidget with your broken radio is the same thing as taking your eyes off the road for a cell phone. Why is this not a recall yet? only option is to pay out of pocket $1200 for a known fault in their design. Part to replace yourself has been discontinued. Recall needed.

- Netcong, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 182009

TSX 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The console lights (lights in the center) went out in 2009, which is a safety concern as you need to attempt to read the controls via the overhead light while driving, causing a huge distraction. We took it to the dealer and they wanted $150 just to diagnosis it. Recently we learned that Acura extended warranty some years back to fix it however we were never notified (we are the original owners). Now we have passed the extended warranty time (7 years). We feel it's a safety concern and should have been notified about the issue by Acura and that as such Acura should still be liable to fix the problem. Thank you

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Apr 102013


  • 107,000 miles
Center dashboard lights / climate control lights blinks and goes off and stays off while driving.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 312012

TSX 4-cyl

  • 105,500 miles


Hid bulb cannot be replaced. Moisture in the housing unit.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 242012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. While parked, the contact noticed that the tail lights were not illuminating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V429000 (exterior lighting:tail lights) in which the vehicle was included. After inspecting the vehicle the technician stated the vehicle would not be covered under the recall because the part had been tampered with and damaged because of inadequate protection. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

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problem #2

Nov 252009


  • 104,000 miles
Passenger side head light malfunction. Head light works on and off; does not turn on sometimes. Some days it works, some days it never does. Problem appears to be related to rainy/dump weather. Dealer did not acknowledge that it is wiring issue and recommended that the hole system be changed and it cost me $909. 00. they did not give me the old part.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 282008


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. While driving approximately 10 mph in a parking lot, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the instrument panel. The contact parked the vehicle and proceeded to lock the power doors before exiting; however, the door locking mechanism would not work. She could not lock the doors from inside the vehicle and had to manually lock them from the outside. In addition, the trunk locking mechanism was inoperative and could only be activated with the trunk release. The passenger side tail light failed to operate and the driver's side door chime was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the trunk wiring harness. The technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 04V429000 (exterior lighting:tail lights ). the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The recall remedy has not corrected the failure. The vehicle was scheduled for another repair. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000 and current mileage was 60,000.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

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