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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,250 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.

2001 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012015


  • miles


This is just to enter a complaint with NHTSA about a subframe issue on this make/model/year car. I understand there have been other complaints on this but not enough at this time to involve a recall. I am writing to you in regards to a safety concern with my 2001 Honda Accord. The subframe of my 2001 Honda Accord LX has rotted through. This is located on the front passenger side near the strut assembly, beneath the air conditioner drain, as noted by others on posting on the internet. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe was rusted due to the air conditioner hose leaking. The vehicle is in excellent condition otherwise, especially with very low miles (77,000) there is no other rot on the vehicle. My mechanic says it is unsafe to drive. It appears to be the result of a design flaw relating to the location of the air conditioner drain. Honda should be held responsible for this design flaw and be accountable to repair this unsafe situation. This is an obvious design flaw and should be corrected by Honda Corp. These vehicles should be recalled immediately given the mounting evidence of this flaw before some poor unaware soul is hurt. I would also like to point out another design flaw with my 2001 Honda Accord. The car's clear coat is peeling and has been since about 2013, when I brought it to their attention I was informed many others of the same car have the same problem. I explained I went to a professional paint place and they explained that it was either the way it was applied or the batch lot was a bad catch and you can typically isolate it to an area or manufacturer. I have not had my car repainted as I believe that Honda is responsible for this design defect and they should pay for this to be repainted. Thank you for your time regarding these issues. I look forward to hearing your response.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 122014


  • 145,000 miles
Passenger side front subframe rusting out from poor design which has air conditioning condensate dripping on to this area of the subframe. The drivers side does not show any corrosion. I fear complete failure of the subframe and will either have to replace it or junk the vehicle. All because of a poor design issue.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013


  • miles
I own a 2001 Honda Accord LX that I purchased new from a Honda dealership in May 2001. The front passenger side sub frame has rusted through. The driver side sub frame has not rusted in that manner. In checking further, the air condition drain hose/outlet drips directly on the front passenger side sub frame and is the source of the rusting condition that only exists on that side. I no longer feel it is safe to drive this vehicle and believe others may be operating their 1999-2002 Honda Accord without knowledge of this dangerous passenger side sub frame issue. Honda should be required to alert registered vehicle owners of this issue and also take corrective action to make the vehicles safe again to operate.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 292011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I had my 01 Honda Accord ex recently inspected by an independent mechanic and they found a rusty hole (size of a quarter) on the topside of the subframe on the passenger side. They stated, that other than this small rusted area, the rest of the subframe and car body was in excellent condition and completely free of rust. Mechanic stated, air conditioning unit is draining on this area of the subframe and this could be under recall. They said this was very dangerous and serious safety issue, the subframe should be replaced asap, and recommended I take it to a Honda dealership for recall issues. Took it to mike pruitt Honda akron, oh for inspection (for this issue), they put it on a lift and from underneath said they couldn't find a hole in the subframe. I told them, the rust hole is only visible on the topside of the passengerside subframe. They found a small hole (where I mentioned), said it wasn't a safety issue, and there weren't any recalls for this issue. They denied it was caused by the air conditioning leaking on that part of the subframe, yet couldn't give me an alternate reason.they were evasive and dishonest and told them I'm going to another dealer. I brought it to park Honda for their inspection, they found the rust hole, and recommended the entire subframe be replaced at the cost of $2250. They evaded answering what caused this issue (air-conditioning leaking on subframe). I had them do this work and in the meantime, I will consult a lawyer.

- Akron, OH, USA

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