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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
48 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,773 miles

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2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 11 of 12)

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problem #21

Jun 102002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,844 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the brakes were applied the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle suddenly accelerated from 0 K.M. to 80 K.M. within 15 feet and became stuck between two houses. The left tire blewout and the air bags deployed and cracked the windshield. The vehicle sustained damage.. engine reved high when taking foot off gas pedal. The dealer adjusted the base idle because it was too high.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #20

Jan 032003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Car flipped over tree times, the only airbag that went off was the passangers side airbag.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #19

Aug 102003

Accord

  • miles
Air bag light illuminated on 8/10/2003. Dealer stated cell phone caused front and side air bags to deactivate. Dealer urged the consumer not to use the cell phone in the vehicle. Also, manufacturer is aware of the problem.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #18

Jul 112003

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag warning light continuously stays on. This could result in premature or none deployment of the air bags.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012003

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #16

Apr 052003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The airbag indicator on the dashboard comes on and stays on for no apparent reason. After a while it goes off on its own. Sometimes it will come on and off intermittently. I had this problem since I bought the car brand new. I took it to crystal lake Honda, crystal lake, il even before the one year warranty expired and they said they could not see anything wrong with it. The problem still persists. Today I was going through the complaints on this site and was shocked to see 20 complaints related to either this same exact problem or the fact that the airbags either did not deploy during accident or deployed un-necessarily. I hope Honda does something about this. I bought a Honda Accord over a competing model because this one had side airbags. Now after reading how the airbags do not deploy I am upset. Let me know if there is a fix to this problem and what I can tell the dealer.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #15

Apr 122003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,084 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Repeated failure of supplemental restrain system in my warrantied 2001 Honda Accord. Failure consists of faulty sensors, thereby deactivating the system. This has occurred four time. Every time this was taken to a factory authorized dealer, with no success (problem recurs).

- Hanford , CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 222003

Accord

  • 41,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the air bags did not deploy, consumer was injured, however prior to incident, the air bag light illuminated, but the dealer stated nothing was wrong. Also, dealer made repairs on cruise control and radio.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 212002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling out the the driveway, vehicle sudden accelerated at a high speed. This resulted in an accident, causing minor injuries to driver. Ph air bags did not deploy.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 252002

Accord

  • miles
While driving the vehicle had a side collision, neither air bags deployed. Dealer has been notified. Please include additional information.

- Wharton, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 132002

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that while driving the consumer was hit from the front crushing in most of the hood, and none of the air bags deployed on the vehicle. Nlm

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jul 142002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
On three different occasions the "SRS" light came on which indicates there is a problem with the seat belts, the air bags, the computer sensing system or some other component of the safety system. The owners manaual instructs that "ignoring the SRS warning light can result in serious injury or death if the airbags, cutoff system or tensioners do not work properly". it states the car should be checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS light alerts you to a potential problem. When I took the Accord to the dealer, the technician generated a report from Honda. It stated that if there was a cell phone, a lap top computer, an inverter (used to pug electrical items into the cars cigarette lighter) any one of these might trip the SRS warning light to illuminate. This is because any of these commonly used electronic devices might react with the Accord air bag sensors and cause the SRS light to come on. Nobody knew for certain if the air bags would actually work if the SRS light were on. Thus common everday tools such as a cell phone or lap top computer or protable tv can surely disrupt the Accord air bag system and possibly shut it down. Further, because Honda's dealers will charge a service fee to shut off the SRS light, many american cell phone and lap top users will not take the time and expense to have the annoying SRS light shut off. Thus thousands of people may be driving 2001 and 2002 Accord without air bag protection.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #9

May 122002

Accord

  • miles
SRS light appears on panel until vehicle is turned off. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Nowell, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 132002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident where the air bag did not deploy, consumer states that the sensors are in the bumper, there was one injury in the accident.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #7

May 022002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While starting the vehicle, the SRS light appears on the dashboard permanently until vehicle is turned off. Dealership is aware of the problem.

- Lahabra, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 132002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident where the air bag did not deploy, consumer states that the sensors are in the bumper, there was one injury in the accident.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152001

Accord

  • miles
After starting vehicle air bag light sensor stays on while driving, vehicle been at dealer on three occasions, but problem still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 102002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light is on, the vehicle has been inspected by the dealer twice but the dealer could not remedy the problem.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 012001

Accord

  • miles
At about 683 miles, SRS light went on after passenger sat down (car was standing with engine idling). Dealer reset computer after finding code 15-3. 3 days later, the SRS light came back on also immediately after passenger was seated with car engine on. Dealer was contacted and I waited about one week while dealer ordered possible replacement parts. None of the new parts including sensor fixed the problem, so original parts were left in the vehicle. I was told the original parts were already updated by Honda (because Honda was aware of this problem and had already made changes to parts in some vehicles). Dealer reset computer again, but SRS light reappeared the next day while I was driving with no passenger in the car. Dealer says they can do nothing else, that the manufacturer knows about the problem but cannot fix it. Service manager said Honda's working on the problem and therefore I must now deal exclusively with the manufacturer. Dealer says only passenger air bags are affected but it is not clear how they know this. In the meantime, I have been told that the passenger airbag will not deploy in the event of a crash. I am very concerned about this for all airbags in the car, and also about possible inadvertent deployment. I am very disappointed about the lack of concern both by dealer and manufacturer about potential injuries that may result from this defect and the fact that a solution is not imminent.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001

Accord

  • miles
SRS light for vehicle came on while driving. Dealership examined vehicle, and stated that a code was causing light to come on. Problem was corrected. Also, consumer stated that SRS light came back on. When she contacted dealership, they were refusing to perform any service on vehicle. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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