TSB 90-024

Year: 1989-91
Model: Legend, NSX
VIN Application: Specific

November 1990

Dear Acura Owner:

 This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and  Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has determined, based on advice from TRW, its airbag module manufacturer, that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in the airbag on certain 1989 and 1990 model year Acura Legends and 1991 model year Acura NSX vehicles. The airbag modules in a small number of these vehicles are defective and the initiator housing may separate from the adaptor during deployment. If this occurs, the airbag will not inflate properly during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. In addition, the escaping hot gases could cause burns.

Vehicles Affected

 Only vehicles with specific VINs are affected by this recall. Please complete our VIN  Status Request Form and we will gladly check to see if this campaign needs to be completed  on your vehicle.

If you own one of these cars we recommend that you limit the use of your car until the airbag module has been replaced. If you have not already been contacted by phone, please call your local Acura dealer and make an appointment with the Service Department to have the airbag module replaced immediately. The work will be performed free of charge. Parts are now available. Although the repair will take only about half an hour, please plan on leaving your car at the dealership for half a day to allow the dealer some flexibility in scheduling other customers.

It has been determined that a problem may exist with your car’s distributor, a part in the ignition system. Moisture may collect inside the distributor after the engine is turned off and allowed to sit for a period of time. If this happens, the moisture can cut the flow of current to the spark plugs and the engine will not start.

Who to contact if you experience problems.

 If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from your Acura dealer, you may  write to:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

 Acura Customer Relations Dept. 
 1919 Torrance Blvd. 
 Torrance, CA, 90501-2746 

If you believe that American Honda or the dealer has failed or is unable to remedy the defect in your vehicle, without charge, within a reasonable period of time (60 days from the date you first contact the dealer for a repair appointment), you may submit a complaint to:


 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
 400 Seventh St., S.W. 
 Washington, D.C. 20590 

Or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at (800) 424-9393. Residents of Washington D.C. should call (202) 366-0123.

We apologize for any inconvenience this product update may cause you; however, our main concern is the continued trouble-free operation of your Acura.



 Acura Automobile Division


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