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 2001 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). 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. Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for Honda Accords & other models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as settlement for a class action lawsuit, but that period is over & owners of Accords with transmission problems are out of luck.

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.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad. Also make sure your 2001 Accord has been checked for the airbag recall: excessive pressure may cause metal fragments during airbag deployment.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,670 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.

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 022016


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving at night, the instrument panel back lighting dimmed and the contact was unable to see the gauges. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V256000 (interior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 102009


  • 128,550 miles
2001 Honda Accord ex V6 the instrument panel lights do not operate correctly sometimes they are completely off and can not see the panel sometimes they turn back on and stay on for days and then random turn off sometime while driving.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 292009


  • miles
2001 Honda Accord ex sedan 4D interior lighting description: On certain passenger vehicles, the dimmer control for the instrument panel lights could fail due to heat buildup. If this occurs, the instrument lights may fail and, at night, the driver may not be able to see the instrument panel gauges, such as the speedometer.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

May 152008


  • 64,800 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. When the contact attempted to activate the headlights, the instrument panel lights failed to illuminate. He took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not find any failures. The contact paid for a diagnostic for an air bag failure that was reset. The following day, the instrument panel lights did not illuminate again. He attempted to repair the vehicle himself, but was unsuccessful. The contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 04V256000 (interior lighting), but his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 64,800 and current mileage was 65,250.

- Tucsan, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 022006


  • miles
I have had continuous problems with my 2001 Honda Accord with the emergency lights. First the emergency brake light wouldn't turn off, and the dealership supposedly fixed it. It came on again just a few weeks later. I ended up taking it to another shop to be fixed. The SRS light kept coming on, and it was suppose to be fixed. Now it has come on and stayed on, and the dealership refuses to take care of it without charging me an exorbitant amount just to a diagnostic test. I think they should fix these problems at not cost to the customer.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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