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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.

3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,070 miles

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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The SRS light illuminated and is related to the air bag system and seat belt. The seat belts have a lifetime warranty. The dealer stated that there was a faulty sensor in the seat belt latch, which is not included in the extended warranty. The seat belt sensor costs $170 to repair. The current and failure mileages were 53,000. Updated 03-05-08 the consumer stated the dealer informed him if the seat belt latch is faulty the air bag sensor will be inoperable. Updated 03/05/08

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #22

Nov 012007

Accord

  • miles
SRS light came on at 70K miles. I too purchased this car because I thought it was reliable, but after reading all these complaints and the fact that the manufacturer will not address this issues disturbing to say the least. I will think twice before purchasing another Honda.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #21

May 182007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,107 miles
When my car battery died last year, I took the vehicle to my dealership for replacement. The service technician called to tell me the car was ready but asked if I had noticed if my safety restraint system light had been on. I said it had not prior to the new battery being installed. The service technician told me he didn't want to charge me to diagnose the problem, and suggested I wait and see if it "self-corrected". he said that the light being on could mean my airbags would not deploy in an accident. The light remained on and several months later I took the car in for scheduled service I asked them to again look at it. They charged me $92 to perform an input function test which showed SRS control unit failure and informed me repairs would cost $616. The car is now out of warranty, but the service technician kindly informed me that if it was the seatbelt that had broken they could of fixed it no charge even if the car was out of warranty. I declined the repair and looked online only to find many Accord drivers have had the same issue, and each dealer charges a different amount for repair. This is a safety issue, not something normal wear and tear could cause to malfunction, nor could a driver cause this control unit to malfunction.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 282007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,800 miles

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

The SRS light stays on warning that the airbag deployment sensor will not deploy the airbags in an accident. The manufacturer will not replace with out a large fee.

- Duncannon, PA, USA

problem #19

Jun 112007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,199 miles
I purchased this vehicle on 8/24/2004 as a certified used vehicle. Also I put exetended service agreement on it. At the time of purchase the driver's side seat belt had a problem and light stayed on. It was replaced.and light went off.on June 11 2007 the SRS light came on and did not go off. I had the vehicle computer check for codes and found no problem codes. Mileage 94,228.

- Quinton, AL, USA

problem #18

Jan 132007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The air bag sensor light illuminated for over a month. The mechanic stated that they need ed to replace it. However, the dealer didn't give her a written copy of the estimate and diagnosis, only a verbal estimate. The current and failure mileage were 82000.

- Pittsboro , NC, USA

problem #17

Oct 112006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

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

Airbag dashlight came on and remained on steadily. Called dealer and was told the problem probably was covered by warranty. Dealer checked vehicle on 10/2 and stated that problem required replacement of SRS control unit at a total cost of $442.74. Mechanic stated that he frequently sees this problem on Accord vehicles. This vehicle has only 32, ,046 miles on it.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #16

Oct 032006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My SRS light came on. I received the warranty extension for the main components of the occupant position detection system. I took my car to the Honda dealership and they checked out my car and said that my problem was the SRS control unit. The SRS control unit is not covered under the warranty extension and could cost me over $400. First of all, I found this to be very ironic that I had just received the warranty extension and my SRS light came on like the warranty extension said, but yet my problem is not covered under the warranty extension. I feel as though I am being duped by the dealership since this SRS control unit is a much more expensive part than the parts described in the warranty extension.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #15

Aug 282006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,200 miles
Replace SRS control unit.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #14

Jan 132006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,325 miles
1) normal driving 2) SRS light came on, which indicates air bags are not active. Seems like if you have to install air bags the design should make sure they function. 3) stays on and seems to be a common problem.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #13

Apr 122006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,200 miles

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

2002 Honda Accord air bag SRS light indicates air will not function.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I have a Honda Accord ex 2002. The transmission failed a month ago and the company replaced it under guarantee, after that was done the side airbag sensor light keeps coming on an off, now staying on for long periods of time. I am concerned that this may be a safety issue, it was not doing this before the transmission work replacements and the dealer does not seem to think this is something to be concerned about. I am.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #11

Jan 242006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light comes on, the car has only 24000 miles and it is a 2002 Accord. I know that the warranty expired, but I strongly believe it is a manufacturer's defect in the SRS system because other people are having the same issue in this generation of the Accord which is the 6th generation from 1998-2002.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,776 miles
SRS light came on 12/18/05 and does not go off. After reading other complaints, my interior never got wet, just happened. Not very happy after reading the other complaints. I do realize air bags will not deploy, but will not get fixed.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 102005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
My SRS light in my 2002 Honda Accord has come on twice. It is currently at a Honda dealership getting fixed. The airbags will not deploy in an accident if the light is on. This is a huge safety concern and I am not the only one with this problem. Honda refuses to be accountable for this malfunction in their cars.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Accord ex. I recently saw a report about 2000-2001 Accord passenger air bag light problems. I believe it also affects the 2002 model. My passenger air bag light F lashes on the dashboard from events such as my dog sitting near the passenger door or my throwing a purse or bag down on the seat. This has occurred since owning the car when it was new. The Honda dealership said they find nothing wrong and that the code clears itself after I turn my car off so they have no information to work with. They claim there is no safety problem when it occurs and that I am causing the problem because of improper usage of the passenger seat, I.e., my actions trigger the air bag light coming on which they claim is meaningless. I stopped complaining since they said there is no safety problem associated with this.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 192005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The SRS light came on in my 2002 Honda Accord. I took it to the dealer and they charged me $95 just to check out the problem and then told me it was going to cost $852 to fix the problem. It was 18 days out of warranty. The seat never got wet and nothing happened to the car. I was told that not fixing the problem would result in the air bags not working in case of an accident.

- Dickinson , TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012005

Accord

  • miles
2002 Honda Accord ex developed problems with the SRS indicator light illuminating on the dashboard after the passenger seat became damp from a rain storm. The sensor was replaced.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The safety sensor that controls the electronic system for the air bags ( SRS sensor) failed. The manufacturer neglected to tell consumer never to get the seat wet or never open the windows during rain. The sensor is located in the front passenger seat and when the seat got wet/damp the system was not longer good. It got wet once before and had to replace it but was not told it would be a problem if it got wet. The problem happened again but this time the warranty has expired and the dealer refused to repair it unless the consumer paid for it. This happened July 25, 2005.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS indicator stays on for no reason. Owner's manual indicates problem with airbag or seatbelt tensioner. Called customer service but warranty expired. Never been involved in an accident. Went to the dealer but was told that it would cost 80 to 100 dollars just to see what was broken or defective, and could not give me an estimate since they don't know what part(s) are defective. Don't know if airbag/seatbelt would function properly if I get into an accident. Still driving with SRS indicator on.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

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