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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,562 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 electrical problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 012012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My transmission does not engage in drive when in the cold weather. After the car and restarting it starts working but check engine light was on. I took the car to the Honda dealer and they called Honda service dept. Supposedly, my ECU is faulty and needs replacement. But my transmission could also need replacement after fixing my ECU. Now I am afraid driving my car thinking what if transmission fails while I am on the highway. My transmission has already failed once at around 40,000 miles in 2005. I thought it was a one-time thing and got the repair done at that time. Unfortunately, my model Accord V6 2002 was never the part of Honda transmission recalls despite having exactly same problem. Also, I do not trust Honda check engine light codes. For years my SRS light for passenger seat belt was always on. Everytime dealer told me that I ECU has failed. After driving my car for 5 years with unsafe conditions, Honda finally had a recall of SRS module and now it the light is gone. With the same ECU.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #15

Oct 152008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the contact was able to remove the key from the ignition without shifting the transmission into park. The vehicle then rolled away and crashed into another vehicle. There were no major damages. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where they advised the contact that the interlock malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 161,000.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #14

Mar 032010


  • 73,350 miles
When we purchased this 2002 Honda Accord ex in March of 2010 the clock backlight did not work. About 2 months ago the gear shift console backlight went out. The only way we know at night what gear we are in is to view it on the dash. Now the backlighting for the climate controls has gone out. We understand that this has been a problem for many years now and there has been very little positive help from Honda. To get this fixed I understand that the whole radio must be replaced because of the interlocking electrical systems at a cost somewhere around $1000.

- Westport, OR, USA

problem #13

Sep 032011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 174,000 miles


While driving the vehicle, the engine just quits. There is no stuttering, stalling, or engine misfires, it quietly just quits. The radio, ac/heater fan, brake lights still work but not the signal lights, windows, instrument panel. After researching the internet on this issue, faulty ignition switch keeps coming up.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 012011


  • 134,000 miles
Ignition key can be removed from the ignition when gear shift is not in the "parked" position. Therefore, vehicle is able to roll when driver exits vehicle, resulting in damage and/or injury.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 192011


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V041000 (air bags). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they refused to perform the repairs because the odometer was not reading the mileage. The manufacturer was not notified of the situation. The failure and current mileages were 113,000.

- Saucier, MS, USA

problem #10

Jun 142011


  • 132,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when it began to roll backwards down a hill. The contact was able to enter the vehicle, apply the brakes and shift it into park. The keys were removed from the ignition prior to the failure, so the contact believed that the vehicle must have also been shifted into park before it began to roll backwards. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 022011


  • 108,600 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he was able to remove the key from the ignition while the vehicle was still in drive. The vehicle would not restart until it was shifted from drive into park. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 108,600.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 182010


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition without the vehicle being engaged in park. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no related recalls and she would be responsible for repair costs. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 282010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord, 4 cyl, coupe, SE: Flashing D4 light, and check engine light come on. Car feels as it is "slipping" into and out of gears, when taking off aggressively accelerating, and stopping.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 072010


  • 84,000 miles


Failure of transmission in 2002 Honda Accord can damage vehicles computer causing immediate stalling.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 202009


  • 35,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Accord and have experience that my vehicle has been shutting off while driving and/or coming to a complete stop. I have check the recalls regarding the problem with Honda corporation and notice that the problem also exist in the Honda civic, involving the ignition switch. I have contacted Honda and was told that the Accord doesn't fall into the recall, because it is a Accord and not a civic. I had to replace the ignition switch to solve the problem that Honda would not cover.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 082009


  • 80,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord engine would shut down randomly while driving. Only the engine would shut down and the lights and radio still works. When I try to restart the car, the engine would crank but no start. It usually starts back up randomly when all the lights on the dash flashes.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #3

May 122008


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact parked the vehicle on the side of the street and it drifted into another vehicle. He returned to the vehicle and noticed that the gear was in drive instead of park. There was no prior warning to this failure and both vehicles sustained damages. There was property damage related to this incident, but no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they stated that the failure was related to the ignition switch. The contact was informed that the ignition key should not release if the vehicle was not in the park position. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000 and current mileage was 65,000.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 202004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
There's a problem with my 2002 2 door Honda Accord ex. The power cuts off and the car dies while is driving. I have to turn the ignition off and back on while driving. It's been happening since I bought the car. Now, this problem happens 2 or 3 times a month. I bought it back to Honda and they said there's nothing wrong with it, but I continue to get the same problem.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #1

May 052002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Honda car sound system has a whining noise from the speakers when passing through certain areas or when the cell phone rings. I have complained to the dealer twice and was told that this was normal. I can understand if it happens to the radio only but it happens also when the cd player is running.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

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