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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,759 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 #9

Aug 012015


  • 131,228 miles


"takata recall" shortly after the recall the SRS light came on dash and has stayed on. Possibly related to air bag, seat sensor or seat buckles. Honda refused warranty service, "not a covered item" suggested replacement of the SRS unit at $800 for the parts. We maintain it's all part of the same safety system and should be covered. After reading on the web it varies from dealer to dealer weather they will cover it or not. We just want whats fair. Please advise. Original owner. Valerie valencia

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #8

May 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 220,000 miles
While operating my vehicle on the highway the driver side air bag deployed striking me in my left arm causing pain and bruising, not to mention a bit of panic. The vehicle was not involved in a collision.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #7

Aug 222008


  • 86,100 miles
I was hit from behind in an accident. My driver seat broke in the accident. The base cracked and the seat came loose. This accident was not severe enough that my seat should have broken. This is a safety concern. The seat has not been fixed yet. The accident happened Friday and Monday I'm taking the car to get estimates.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 132007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


My Honda Accord, 2001 model seat bracket has broken. I have researched this on this website and found that Honda replaced models of 98-99 but no 01, is this covered under a recall or tsb. Is this Honda's responsibility?

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #5

Feb 282003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles
Power driver's seat feels loose, rocks back and forth slightly. When cornering, seat slides slightly. Returned to dealer for adjustment but has since recurred. Car returned to dealer again.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 182003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Naughthide drivers seat side front part, had seat cover replaced twice, and repair twice, it cracks, and rips, customer service said it mite be my size, the clothes I wear or how I put the seat, I though the front of the seats was all leather but it is not, it is part leather and part naughthide, with a bad disign. It has a seam low were you sit, so you are always rubbing it.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 022001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles


Re -ODI action PE02-072 since new, my Honda Accord has had a loose and reclining drivers seat which falls back during acceleration. Seat has been repaired under warranty three times, completely replacing all seat parts with no improvement. American Honda attempted to cover these repeated repairs and gave me a free 100,000mile extended warranty.

- Westampton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001


  • miles
Took vechicle back to dealer numerous times they told us that they all do the same thing. We'll of course that wasn't a good enough answer since I broke my neck and it wips my head when accelerating. Seatback fell down.

- Glendora, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 012000


  • miles
Driver's seat has a defect in cushion that causes driver's leg to go to sleep. Consumer feels this is unsafe.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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