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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,356 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 brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 092004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. This caused consumer's vehicle to rear end another vehicle in front. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy. But passenger's side air did deploy. Driver sustained neck and back injuries, and was taken to the hospital for observation. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 172004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,564 miles
2001 Honda Accord, steering wheel lost out of control, brakes did not function properly. There was no control with the steering wheel and the brakes did not respond. The failure of these two main components caused a serious collision on the freeway. Possible suspension system failure.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 122001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Customer lost control of vehicle, resulting in a crash while attempting to disengage cruise control with foot brake w on wet surface. Rear tires completely locked when customer tapped the foot brake to disengage speed control, causing vehicle to skid. Customer attempted to "stomp-and-steer" vehicle, (as is implied with ABS), brakes became unresponsive and pedal travelled to the floor. Customer then applied full throttle to try to pull the vehicle out of the skid, which was unsuccessful due to the traction control overpowering customer's attempt to steer and accelerate out of the skid (the tcs automatically applies front brakes to limit wheel spin at speeds below 20 mph. Even though vehicle was travelling at 70, computer must have registered under 20 at that point). Vehicle violently spinned out of control off the highway down a 40 foot embankment.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 192003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I bought the 2001 Honda Accord V6 in June, after a year I had intermittent ABS light on and off, I had this ABS light on/off since Aug 2002 (which is still under warranty period), had the dealer checked and they found no problem until recently in June of 2003, the same problem occurred again and this time I took it to a different dealer to diagnostic (which I have to pay $100 since the warranty expired), they consulted with american Honda, and had the ABS module replaced under customer assist warranty, the symptom was gone for a day but with sponge brake and have to bring back to dealer to re-bleed the brake again, with sponge brake pedal the brakes completely bled, and ABS light was on. Techician diagnostic with no dtc on the scanner but the ABS light was on, guess what...they reset it and let me drive home and told me drive safely. In Aug 10th 2003 (which is less than a month) the ABS light is on/off again, I called up the dealer that perform the repaired and they request I let them had the car a day to find out what's going on, Aug 19th and they returned the car to me un repair and saying I have an electrical issue on the ABS brake, they want me to pay 2-3 hours of labor to tear apart my car to find out the problem, I called up american Honda help because of the warranty is expired and they will see if the problem is their then they will cover the repair under warranty. I was totally upset about this situation. This is my 1st and will be my last Honda, I will get rid it soon. So far...I visited the dealer 5 times for the same problem.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 102002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord LX V6 with ABS. Brake went bad at about 8500miles, master cylinder was replace by matt castrucci Honda covered by warranty. The brake failed again at 20000 miles 12/02. There was almost no brake at highway speed. And needed triple the distance to stop the car at red light. Again, it was checked and I was told that the brake master cylinder and ABS margulater had gone bad. It was fixed by local matt castrucci Honda (937-439-7470) under warranty. Who knows if it is really fixed or not. I bought the car paid thousands extra for safety, now I am a "test driver" of Honda. Totally disapointed.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 022002


  • miles
ABS warning light will come on and stay on, and will not shut off. Contacted dealer.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 012001


  • miles


The passenger window hangs and gets stuck in the guide. I have had it fixed 3 times and now it needs a 4th fixing. The anti-lock braking system engages prematurely, making braking ineffective at highway speeds.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 172001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First thing in morning vehicle starts to accelerate. When putting on brakes to stop at stop sign, has no brakes. Brakes go out intermittently. Contacted dealer, and dealer couldn't find anything wrong, but replaced master cylinder. Consumer also states that the rotors were turned and brake pads were replaced.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001


  • miles
She was traveling on highway and brakes failed.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 202001


  • miles
On three different occasions my brakes have completely failed during the same circumstances: In each instance I am driving highway speeds, I brake to a stop because of traffic, when traffic stops I let off my brakes and the car starts moving forward. If I need my brakes immediately I find I have absolutely no brakes. The car doesn't even slow down. The second time this happened I rear ended a car that was three car lengths in front of me because I had no brakes! the other two occasions happened exactly in the same way, but the cars ahead of me started moving and I was able to keep from hitting them.

- Clinton, MS, USA

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