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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 1999 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, engine shuts off while driving, & peeling paint. 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.

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.

Engine stalling while driving in the 1999 Accord is typically caused by a defective ignition switch -- inexpensive to repair (under $200) but dangerous.

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


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
1999 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152005

Accord ES V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I had an accident where I ran head first into a large pole that holds up traffic lights. It hit dead center at 35-40 miles per hour. The air bag did NOT deploy and the seat belt did not stop my head from hitting the windshield. I reported the problem to Honda North America and they sent out an "Unbiased" third party to determine what happened. Two weeks later I received a letter with a trifold brochure showing a car hitting a pole. They claimed that the reason why the bag did not deploy was because the 1999 Honda had 2 sensors one in the bumper and the other in the dash. When I hit the pole one sensor in the bumper registered an accident but the one in the dash registered a stop and they confused each other. I had never heard such a ridiculous explanation. Since, I have been told that it should not have gone off because it was a hit square in the middle of the car.

However over the last 9 years I have met several people who had the same car and similar issues. I have enquired with Honda but as you see there are a lot of hurdles to get them to do a recall. Mine was a serious accident and it took me 3 years to recover with my head injury and to this day have several issues that require surgery. Anyone else have an issue with 1999 Honda Accord?

- , Bethesda, MD, USA

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