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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
39 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 2
Average Mileage:
81,757 miles

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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #77

Jul 212011

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord LX. The contact stated that she was involved in a crash while traveling 55 mph. The air bags failed to deploy and the seatbelt did not restrain the contact. The contact was not reported injured however. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic however, the failure could not be duplicated. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 11/9/12 the consumer stated due to the accident she had to have open heart surgery. Her chest hit the steering wheel and she broke her arm. The consumer also had an aneurysm that could have been caused by the accident. Updated 11/29/2012

- Sale City, GA, USA

problem #76

Aug 152011

Accord

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also mentioned that whenever the air conditioner was turn on the vehicle would shake violently. The vehicle was taken the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #75

Aug 102012

Accord

  • 132,000 miles
Police report #[xxx]filed with ozaukee county sheriff's department wi has particulars. My vehicle crashed headon with side of another vehicle. My wife was the only passenger and recieved spinal injuries. She was wearing her seat belts but the air bags did not deploy on either side of the vehicle. This vehicle's airbag was the subject of recall in 2011 and repairs were made by me in line with that recall. I have notified Honda with case # [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #74

Jul 062006

Accord 6-cyl

  • 36,500 miles

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

SRS light stays on. Seat belts were replaced and warning light reset, but came on after a couple of miles. Now there is a recall on the air bag inflators, but the seat belt control module, which activates the inflators is defective, and not covered under any update or recall program. I understand that the air bags will not deploy in a crash if the SRS light is on. This is a fairly common problem and in my opinion should be covered under a federally mandated safety recall with no charge to the consumer.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #73

Jun 012012

Accord

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact had received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). At the time of receiving the recall notice, there were no lights illuminated on the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was inspected however no failure was found. The contact stated that the SRS warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to dealer while the light was illuminated and they determined that the vehicle needed a new air bag. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue however no assistance was provided. The approximate current and failure mileage was 82,000.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #72

Apr 132011

Accord

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 20 mph when she applied the brakes in order to enter a residential neighborhood. She then crashed into another vehicle and the air bags deployed. The air bag crushed and fractured the contact's arm. In addition, the engine was pushed into the vehicle, causing the contact to sustain fractured feet and ankles. The vehicle was towed from the scene. A police report was not available. The vehicle was not inspected. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were170,000.

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #71

Oct 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles

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

I own a 2002 Honda Accord and the "SRS" light remains on constantly. I googled this issue and apparently hundreds of Honda Accord owners have the same issue. The SRS apparently deals with the seatbelt restraint system which is an apparent defect with Honda.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #70

Jan 052012

Accord

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the SRS warning lamp was illuminated. The contact also stated that the vehicle was recently repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who refused to perform any repairs because the failure was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 190,000 and current mileage was 192,000.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #69

Jan 022012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 222,000 miles
I was making a right turn to merge into the middle lane on a highway service road where every car was waiting for the green light. I turned very slowly at low speed after stopping at the stop sign, and all of a sudden the steering wheel started to turn by itself, then my car turned 180 degrees, while the accelerator speeded up at a rapid pace, seeming to be stuck. My car jumped the curb, hit a sign, and finally stopped. The bumper cover came down, and I can see the bumper was damaged (pushed back in the middle about 2 inches), but both of my 2002 Honda Accord's air bags did not deploy at all.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #68

Aug 282009

Accord

  • miles
My airbag has never been deployed, but I received a letter regarding the safety recall of airbags in my make and model of car. The indicator light on the dash will not go off, and I am unsure of whether or not the airbags are effective.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #67

Feb 162010

Accord

  • 168,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated after having NHTSA recall campaign number 10V041000 (air bags) repair performed on the vehicle that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the vehicle could not be repaired. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #66

Jun 072011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to a safety recall related to vehicle airbag the consumer was involved in an accident and the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was rendered a total loss. The consumer was rear ended and pushed forward into the car ahead of her. She hit her forehead on the steering wheel causing a big bump on her forehead. It also caused a large hematoma which drained into her left eye and partially to the right eye causing swelling and redness up to the eye bag for weeks.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #65

Feb 042011

Accord

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the SRS light was illimunated on the instrumenatl panel. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #64

Jul 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to airbag and safety campaign the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated. The dealer cleared the code, but the next day, the light illuminated again. The dealer informed the consumer the transmission was leaking and one of the drive belts were not performing correctly.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #63

Sep 122010

Accord

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that after receiving a recall in regards to NHTSA campaign id number 10V041000 (air bags), she contacted the dealer and tried to schedule an appointment but the dealer advised that the part needed for repairs was not available. The contact had been attempting to secure an appointment since September 2010 to no avail. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 160,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Siloan Springs, AR, USA

problem #62

Apr 182011

Accord

  • 165,000 miles
SRS on for no reasons.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #61

Dec 042010

Accord

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph she was involved in a crash in which the air bags did not deploy. The contact stated she was also involved in a second crash in which the air bags did not deploy a second time. The contact was changing a tire when the vehicle was struck by another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was unaware if there were any recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected for the air bag failures. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileages was 160,000.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #60

Dec 102010

Accord

  • 158,000 miles
I was driving down montgomery street in savannah Georgia going North in the right hand lane of a 4 lane road. The car in the next lane going the same direction as me was turning left. A car coming in the opposite direction tried to turn left at the same time as the car next to me, not being able to see me coming. I was hit on my drivers side door/front of the car going 40mph. I do not yet have an estimate on the damages of the car but it is most likely totaled. Both cars had to be towed. My car was a 2002 Honda Accord. The passenger airbag deployed and exploded, leaving my chest stinging. My air bag did not deploy at all.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #59

Nov 162010

Accord

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed. During the crash, the contacts chest hit the steering wheel cracking her sternum. No one else was injured during the crash. The driver side air bag did not deploy but the passenger side air bag did. No one was sitting in the passenger side seat. The contact was taken to the hospital. The contact called the manufacturer and they have not provided any assistance. The contact stated that this was a major safety issue. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Pensield, NY, USA

problem #58

Sep 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
2002 Honda civic and 2002 Honda Accord SRS light on both vehicles for no apparent reason I see that it is a common issue with no resolution as yet from manufacturer air bags will not deploy when light is on and this is a significant safety issue. These cars are being used by teen drivers.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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