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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,171 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.

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012002


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that since he purchased the vehicle, he noticed that whenever he depressed the brake pedal, it seemed that he was pushing on the accelerator pedal. He engaged both pedal at least 5-6 times. On one occasion, the vehicle lunged forward and caused a crash to occur in 2003. There were no injuries. A police report was taken. He took the vehicle to the dealership and they stated that they could find nothing wrong it. He had not called the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 46,000. The failure mileage was approximately 100.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 012002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Accelerator sticks in morning on first startup.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle accelerated, and rpms moved up and down rapidly. No impact reported.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 272004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Unexpected acceleration of vehicle while operating on freeway. Acceleration stopped by pressing on accelerator but not on brake pedal. Presently unable to diagnose failure. The vehicle does not have cruise control.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brake pedal, but it failed, and vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. It was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 232003


  • miles
While driving vehicle suffered sudden acceleration when shifting from park into drive, vehicle collided with two other vehicles and stopped at a private fence. Dealer has been notified. Provide further information.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
Brake pedel location allows accelator to be depressed while braking causing engine to speed up, as the brake pedel become lower than the accelator.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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