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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12 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 #2

Jun 032004


  • miles


After making an appointment to have the low beam lighting recall 04V086000 performed the dealership refused to perform the recall indicating that this vehicle model isn't the recalled model, although the consumer has a recall letter with the VIN number on it.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 272003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
The front headlights do not provide enough light to the left and right. The problem makes turning to the left or right on dark or poorly light roads very difficult as well as being able to see people and objects to the left and right on roads at night. Shortly after purchasing the auto, I took it back to the dealer to check the front headlights. The dealer said the headlights were properly aligned. I then took the auto to a service station that also does Virginia safety inspections to check only the headlights. The service station technician said the headlights were properly aligned. The headlights did not and do not provide sufficient light to the left and right of the auto!!!

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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