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 2002 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 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,922 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.

2002 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 112014


  • miles


2002 Honda Accord LX, the consumer stated, soft brakes caused an accidents. Updated 02/18/15 the consumer was informed the master cylinder was not functioning properly.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #5

May 112010


  • 59,395 miles
I pushed on the brake and the car would not stop. I was only going probably 5-10 miles per hour as I was approaching a stop sign. After pushing on the brake several times, the car slowed. As I recall, this happened once before over a year ago. I thought I might have been wearing too big of shoes and not hit the brake properly. It just happened again today. Luckily, traffic was slow as I was unable to stop at the stop sign.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 042004


  • miles
While driving 65 mph driver applied the brakes and brake pedal went to the floor. This caused another vehicle to merge into consumer's vehicle lane, resulting in a frontal collision. Upon impact, both frontal airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained head injuries, and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Vehicle was totaled.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 262003


  • miles


Dealer has replaced rear brakes and rotors.

- Shell Knob, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 292003


  • miles
The consumer stated the brakes were spongy. When the consumer was at a stop light with the brakes applied, after about 2-3 seconds, the pedal moved, which caused the consumer to press down harder, to keep the vehicle from moving. The consumer was told by a mechanic the brakes performed as designed.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 142002


  • 134 miles
Vehicle has been serviced 4 times for brake problems. But dealer has been unable to rectify the problem. Consumer is requesting reimbursement for the cost of the vehicle. Consumer feels that these are faulty brakes. Scc...

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

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