Unknown Or Other Related Problems of the 2004 Acura TL

Table 1 shows one common unknown or other related problems of the 2004 Acura TL.

Table 1. Unknown Or Other related problems of Acura TL

Problem Category Number of Problems
Unknown Or Other problems
Unknown Or Other problem #1

First, I noticed the light indicating the front passenger airbag was off, even though my adult male friend was in the front passenger seat. Later that day, I noticed a crack, approximately 2 inches long. Two days later, the crack was approximately 6 inches long, and ran along the entire right edge of the passenger airbag compartment. Since the first time I noticed the airbag light, it has been inconsistently responding to the same adult male passenger by activating/deactivating the airbag.

Unknown Or Other problem #2

The vehicle is a 2004 Acura Tl. It is mainly garaged kept and well maintained. It has developed a large crack in the dashboard running from the windshield towards the passenger seat. It appeared one day for no apparent reason. The car has not been in any accident. There is an extended warranty on the car but they won't cover this. In my opinion, this is due to inferior materials and/or design and should be repaired by the manufacturer. What happens if there is an accident and the air bag deploys. . . Will the cracked dash prevent the air bag from deploying properly? or will there be pieces of the dashboard acting as little missiles posing a threat to the occupants?.

Unknown Or Other problem #3

I have a 2004 Acura Tl dash that has very large cracks over the passenger airbag and is cracked in 3 more places over the drivers steering column. This seems to be a very common problem that many 2004 Acura owners are facing. Acura customer relations says to see the dealer for a resolution and from what I'm reading online it seems that the dealer wants no part in fixing or warantying this part. I will investigate this issue and report back to Acura to see if they will cover this 2000 dollar part that should be recalled on that model year. Acura should do something about this. Accepting responsiobility for this known issue would be a good place to start.

Unknown Or Other problem #4

There is a defect in the magna donnelly rear view mirrors in most Acura cars. I had a 2001 cl and the rear view mirror exploded and melted the console. Thank god I was not in the car at the time. Now I have just bought a 2004 Acura Tl and the mirror had already exploded and made melt marks on the console. These mirrors are defective and dangerous. How come Acura can still put them in their cars? how come magna donnelly is still making them and noone has sued them? we need a class action suit for this ASAP!.

Unknown Or Other problem #5

I recently discovered a huge gash on my 04 Acura Tl's dashboard. I am worried that this crack will cause an airbag failure or even result in deploying prematurely. It is located all the way from the steering wheel to the windshield with an additional crack towards the middle. As the crack has expanded within the past week, I have found that just above the center console, the airbag has been pushed to the side, causing the airbag to bubble up in the center. I called Acura and was told that they give discounts on the product because it should never happen and because it wasn't my fault, just a faulty product that has been discovered in several other states. I talked to the district manager of gunn Acura in sa,TX about the issue and was told that since I haven't used Acura's service department as much as they like (pretty much saying that I haven't given them enough money), they would give me only a 15% discount when I was told to expect around 75%. My car is out of warranty but I don't see how that would matter if it was bound to happen anyway. I don't understand why this defect isn't a recall. The district manager told me that if anything, the airbag would come out faster if needed since there is already a crack to open it up. But that might not be a good thing, especially when it is pushed out of the way and how the airbag doesn't come out of the dashboard. When I spoke to the district manager, the first thing I was told was that the offer is staying the same, no matter what. He checked his notes and decided a price before even consulting me or asking questions. He was set on a rate before he even spoke with me. The price hasn't changed and I am expected to pay for a $2000 dashboard with a 15% discount. My main concern is that the airbag will deploy any day now for no reason. It is getting to the point where I am actually scared to drive my car because of this issue.

Unknown Or Other problem #6

I purchased my 2004 Acura Tl in October of 2008. Recently, I've noticed the dashboard cracking. After bringing it to the attention of the dealership, they told me it was not covered under my warranty. As I search for information online, it seems to be a common problem with other 2004 models. I have asked if the air bags are safe and the person at the dealership gave me a chuckle and said ". . . Of course".

Unknown Or Other problem #7

12-15" cracks have developed over the entire dashboard causing the air bag malfunction light on the dash to illuminate--thereby indicating a problem with the air bag. This is clearly due to the problematic cracks over the entire surface of the dashboard, including both the driver side and passenger side. Going over a pot hole or severe bump could cause the air bag to inflate and possibly cause an accident or injury to the front passenger. The 2004 Acura dashboard obviously is defective and should be replaced by Acura and further, investigated for potential accidental discharge of the passenger air bag.

Unknown Or Other problem #8

My 2004 Acura Tl had developed a major crack on passenger side of dashboard along the passenger air bag. I have found that this is a common problem on Acura Tl's, and is not being addressed as a recall or safety concern by Acura/Honda. The cost of repair is huge and I don't think customer should pay for the material defect by the manufacturer. The crack is right along the passenger air bag and this is a safety concern for me.

Unknown Or Other problem #9

Dash pad cracking around passenger side air bag.

Unknown Or Other problem #10

Cracked dashboard near passenger side airbag on a 2004 Acura Tl.

Unknown Or Other problem #11

I recently noticed a small crack on my dash that within two days time spread to be approximately the width of my dash. The scary thing is the first crack appears to be the outine of my passenger seat airbag. I'm scared if it continues to get worse, the airbag my deploy unexpected if I have to slam on brakes for any reason. Now I have cracks all of the front of my driver side dash as well. They appear to continually get worse. I use a sun shade and have been applying a lot of interior car care conditioner but none of it has delayed the cracks at all. I am really scared this may cause an issue with my air bag.

Unknown Or Other problem #12

Dashboard cracking severely around airbag sites. Worried that this could be a dangerous safety hazard to my passengers and or myself.

Unknown Or Other problem #13

After approx. 104,000 miles my dashboard started to crack around the passenger side airbag. The crack is currently following the outlines of the airbag and as such is shaped like a backward "c", creating an outline around the airbag. It also appears that perhaps the airbag itself has dropped away from the dash as I can see what seems to be a modest depression in the dash revealing the area of the airbag.

Unknown Or Other problem #14

Dash board cracked.

Unknown Or Other problem #15

2004 Acura Tl dashboard has horrible cracks on the passenger side around the airbags. There are smaller cracks around the speedometer panel near the windshield. The large passenger side cracks could cause the airbag to not properly deploy. This is not an isolated issue. Over three hundred Acura Tl owners have joined a facebook group regarding this issue but the number of effected owners is probably in the thousands. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #16

2004 Acura Tl defective dash - it was noticed dashboard cracks especially one developed where the passenger air bag is supposed to deploy. It is requested to consider this as a safety hazard, because it can affect the deployment of this safety equipment in case of an accident. Vehicle is parked most of the time inside a garage, so it cannot be explained why the cracks occurred.

Unknown Or Other problem #17

Several large cracks have appeared across the dashboard. It appears to be a huge complaint among Acura owners. The largest crack runs over the passenger airbag raising the question of airbag integrity and function. Such a widespread problem should be considered a munufacturer's defect and therefore be recalled and repaired by Acura.

Unknown Or Other problem #18

2004 Acura Tl severely cracked dashboard on the passenger side. I have 2 vertical cracks on the passenger side of my 2004 Acura Tl. The cracks were not gradual they both happened suddenly overnight. I have not had any accidents or collisions that may have caused this defect and am realizing that the problem is quite common amongst 04 Acura Tl owners. From pictures on online forums the cracks appear to be identical in all cases.

Unknown Or Other problem #19

The dashboard started to crack about a year ago and has continued to do so. Vehicle is maintained on a regular basis. Dashboard is continually treated with protective lotions, stored in a garage and parked in shade. There are now 5 cracks in the dash and I have found multiple owners that have experienced the same issue. This is a luxury car that has been well taken care of. I would consider this to be a recall issue.

Unknown Or Other problem #20

My dashboard has multiple cracks resulting from no damage whatsoever. I have researched online and many other owners of Acura Tl models are seeing the same issue. I am concerned this will affect the airbag deployment system.

Unknown Or Other problem #21

Dash board cracks on right side area of air bag.

Unknown Or Other problem #22

The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tl. The contact stated that the recall notice was not received until seven months after the failure recurred. She was concerned of the length of time that it took to receive the notification in regards to the safety issue. The failure mileage and recall number were unavailable.

Unknown Or Other problem #23

Dashboard starts to crack in the area around the passenger side air bag. You can see the shape of the air bag underneath the dashboard once the cracks start. The cracks continue to appear all over the dashboard out of no where. This vehicle has had no chemicals on the dashboard to clean it. The vehicle has been kept in a garage for a time away from direct sunlight. It has even happened on my 2005 Acura Tl that I also own. So this seems to be a problem with the 2004 and 2005 Acura Tl's.

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