Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1998 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, peeling paint, & subframe rust. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000.

Peeling paint has also been a huge issue for these Accords. Most of the complaints are with darker paint colors -- especially green & blue.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 202000

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at about 60 on the highway another car hit consumer's vehicle in front at about 60mph. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, and consumer's seat belt didn't hold.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 281998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat belt failed.

- Newbury Pa, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Shoulder and lap belt combination had to be cut off the child because the seat belt became so tight that it nearly strangled the child.

- New Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 081999

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I did not think much of my defective seatbelt system until I saw that Honda Accord have already been recalled (97V220000) for this system. My problem is that the belt locks up during normal driving. What I mean is it locks up, holding the person in securely-in fact too tight so that the person cannot move without getting held in even tighter(like a boa constrictor). So since there is no accident ocurring the passenger removes the seat belt to "free" themselves up and re-fasten. Well what if an accident occurs at this same time ? I did get the belt replaced in a week or so for free. So I am concerned that maybee others need to get checked out. Thanks for this easy site and service. Prosperity to you all.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat belt design causes seat belt to tighten with little movement, causing passengers to disengage belts for comfort.

- Cherry Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 051998

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Seat belt design allows for belt to wrap around the release lever and get stuck.

- Naperville, IL, USA

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