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:
18 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,289 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jan 062003


  • miles


Consumer states while driving the vehicle going 45 mph. The consumers vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Consumer states both front air bags did not deploy and the seat belts did not lock. Dealer notified.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 272002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion, consumer impacted a pot hole which caused the air bags to deploy injuring the passenger. Honda is not accepting responsibility for the incident.

- Jersey City , NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 052002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving 55mph had a head on collision air bag did not deploy causing serious injuries.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 152001


  • miles
My wife and I purchased a new Honda Accord to be used by our 21-year old son who is attending college at brigham young university. On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001 he along with 3 other college students were in the car on the freeway. They were traveling in the fast lane at around 70 miles per hour., another car going the same direction lost control (reason unknown), spun out across the freeway, hit the center divider and stopped directly in the path of our son. Naturally he hit his brakes, but it happened so fast that there was nothing they could do except hit the other car head-on at about 60 miles per hour. All four of the parties in our car were wearing their seat belts, which probably saved their lives. However, the air bags did not deploy. It is a miracle that someone wasn't severly injured. While all of the parties had some whip lash, no one had to go to the hospital. Someone told my son that because he hit his brakes the front end of our Honda was lowered and went underneath the bumper of the car they hit, which was a larger SUV and thats why the airbags didn't deploy. I thought airbags deployed on impact to provide the protection they are designed to provide. The police report indicated that the driver of the SUV who spun out was at fault. While we are really glad that our son and his friends were not severly injured I have concern for someone else who may not be as lucky. I hope this information is helpful. I did contact Honda motor cars to file a complaint. About all they did was take my information, send me information on airbags and tell me to contact my insurance company. Should you like additional information please feel free to give us a call. Thanks for your assistance.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012002


  • miles
While consumer was traveling at 40-50mph another vehicle pulled out in front, and consumer's vehicle hit the other vehicle head-on, . upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Macapville, GA, USA

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