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 2005 Honda Accord suffers from transmission failure. It's not a huge widesperad problem like in prior years, but definitely still something to consider.

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 problems have been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
25 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,943 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.

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2005 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #19

Aug 182010


  • 59,000 miles


Air bag light would come on intermittently. Then started staying on more. Within the week went to dealer and they said it was my seatbelt sensor. Covered under my 5 year extended warranty. Thank goodness.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 012011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch and an embankment. The contact sustained injuries to his back but did not seek medical attention. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The vehicle was destroyed and not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Spirit Lake, ID, USA

problem #17

Jun 012011


  • miles
Cpsc# I11A0324A. 2006 Honda Accord. Has a broken emergency airbag equalizer.

- Blairsville, GA, USA

problem #16

Oct 012010


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that an air bag light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat position sensor failed. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V001000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Boyes Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 172011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Car was running fine. No problems. All of a sudden the airbag light came on. I stopped the car and checked the seat on the passenger side and seat belts trying to figure out why it was on. I got back into the car and continued home. When slowing to turn into driveway a loud banging noise occurred. The car was put in park and immediately started rolling backwards. This could have been a hazard if a car had been passing by or if this had happened in busy traffic. I could have rolled back and hurt someone, hurt myself or rolled back into oncoming traffic. Also if someone had been walking behind the car and gotten ran over and killed. Anyway it was later towed to a dealer and diagnostics ran. The dealer informed me that I needed a new transmission. That is not right. My car was like new with a little over 68 thousand miles on it. I still owe on it and purchased it brand new. Honda should be responsible for this. Since this has happened to me and I have begun to research this I found a ton of recalls for this same problem, yet I am told my car is a 6 cylinder and is not under recall. Please help. I was told it would cost me 4400 plus $ to replace the transmission. Honda should be responsible for this cost.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152011


  • 80,000 miles
Airbag light appears on the dadshboard intermittently. It only comes on if I start the car and do not have my seatbelt on. If my seatbelt is on, the light does not come on. Further, while driving and the light is not on, the moment I take my seatbelt off, while the car is running, the airbag light comes on.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 012011


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord exl. While driving approximately 40 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The failure progressed with the continuous illumination occurring whenever the engine was in operation. The warning light illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis who detected the seat position sensor wiring harness was faulty and recommended replacement. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V001000 (air bags: Frontal: Sensor/control module). The VIN was not included in the recall and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 252011


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the seat belt sensor was malfunctioning, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. As a result, the airbags would not deploy in the event of a crash. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V001000 (airbags:frontal:sensor/control module). The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No inspection or repairs were completed. The failure and current mileages were 125,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 232011


  • 72,746 miles
I was driving doing about 35 mph and out of no where I hear this big pop! the side airbags on the driver side and in the back had deployed. No one hit me nor did I run over anything in the street.there was no type of impact. The airbag deployed for no reason. I reported it to Honda dealership as soon as I got home. They ask me to bring the vehicle in the next day. The dealer ship and Honda America inspected the vehicle their determination was that there was underbody damage. I couldn't believe what they showed me. It was a scratch, like someone took a screwdriver or something and scratched the vehicle. This was there reason for deployment. Long story short they would not fix the vehicle because they felt it wasn't their fault. I am very disappointed with Honda and how this was handled. Honda states they are so big on safety for their customers but yet they will not fix vehicles that have defective parts that should be on a recall list, and now I have a vehicle with no side airbags and no seat belt. Where is the safety concern?? what if this would have cause and accident where some one was injury, my youngest daughter was in the car with me when this airbag deployed for no reason. Thank god it didn't cause me to hit another vehicle. I have done my own research and found out that this same incident has happened to several other customers. Clearly there is a malfunction in this part/sensor. When is Honda going to take some responsibility and keep their customers safe and do the right thing!!! I will continue to pursue this because I know exactly what happen and it was not cause by something hitting underneath my vehicle.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 222010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord V6 ex. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the passenger air bag warning light illuminated. The passenger seat was unoccupied. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer advised the contact that they were unable to assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage is 30,703. Updated 2/28/11 upated 03/07/11

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 012010


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the air bag light warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where but not diagnosed for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 115,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 092009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 55 mph he swayed to avoid striking an animal in the roadway. The vehicle drove into a ditch and rolled over twice. The vehicle was completely destroyed, but none of the air bags deployed. The driver was transported to the hospital with severe personal injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #7

Nov 122008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,395 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 45 mph, the contact heard an explosion and noticed that the passenger side air bag deployed inadvertently. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and advised him to call his insurance company. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they suggested that something could have struck the frame rail and caused the air bag to deploy. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 32,407 and failure mileage was 32,395. Updated 12/11/08 updated 12/11/08

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #6

May 312008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 35,745 miles
I purchase this vehicle on April 28th 2008. The carfax report had an accident indicator by the second owner, but did not mention what type of accident in terms of moderate, minor, no damage, etc. This report was printed March 24th 2008. When I bought the vehicle the air bag light was on, and when driving; it still stayed on and I told atlanta used car dealership, who told me to take it to the Honda dealership to look at it and stated that its probably a glitch. I took the vehicle to the Honda car dealership to inspect. The Honda dealership found the SRS control unit and the passenger side curtain airbag faulty. As stated on my customer invoice from gwinnett place Honda, the passenger side air bag appeared to be cut out. Carfax did not report that there is a deficient airbag. Another incident found is that the accelerator occasionally stick when trying to depress. The Honda dealership found there was a carbon build up and it needed service. The dealer replaced the right outer tie rod end, which is on the right passenger where the accident occurred. The dealer stated it was unsafe for me to drive without replacing the tie rod, which was serviced and they also performed a 4 wheel alignment and test drive before I left. My experience has led me to take the initiative to communicate with my attorney general's office, and other consumer protection agencies to report this incident. Sincerely, olutomilola aiyetiwa

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,100 miles
I was traveling at a speed of about 45 mph. The driver's side curtain airbag, driver's seat airbag, and driver's seatbelt spontaneously deployed. There is no apparent reason for this.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Mar 212005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,909 miles
The contact stated after purchasing the vehicle he began to notice cracks in the steering wheel above the air bags. He contacted Honda and spoke with a representative. The representative had someone else to call him back. The representative told him that this problem was his fault because of the way he was pressing the horn. Both times the airbag were replaced by the dealership under warranty. He went to a body shop and saw two other vehicles with the same problem, and they told him if the air bag deployed then it could cause injury to him. Updated 12/27/05.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
We purchased a new 2005 Honda Accord ex-L (4 cyl) on July 31, 2005. 3 weeks into ownership, the airbag warning light came on and stayed on. The car was being driven normally at the time. We followed the owner's manual instructions and returned to the dealer for service on 8/19/2005 (bankston Honda in lewisville, tx). The service department ran a computer test on the car and confirmed that the driver's side airbag was not receiving a signal, and in fact would not deploy in the event of a crash. In short, the airbag was non-functional. The dealer had the car until today, 8/24/2005. Their fix was to "clear the code" and make the light go off. They claim they were unable to find the cause of the problem, and wanted to return the car to us. No parts were replaced. The light simply turned off and they consider that "fixed" I suppose. I insisted on an explanation, since this is a critical safety item. We were told by the dealer that in Honda Accord, the airbag's functionality can be compromised by a cell phone being in the car! if this is the case, the cars should be recalled! there's even a special power jack between the front seats for cell phones. There's no telling how many Honda drivers are in danger if what the dealer told me is the case. How can a car manufacturer and dealer knowingly sell a vehicle whose primary safety feature deactivates because the owner is carrying a cell phone? we left the dealer with our car (8/24/05). About 2 miles down the road the airbag light came on again. We immediately returned to the dealer. They have the car again and are going to call "Honda tech" for advice. I am thoroughly disappointed with this vehicle and am angry that we and thousands of other Accord drivers could be at risk of injury/death because of a known problem that hasn't been announced by the mfg and remedied. I don't want the car anymore because I don't believe it's safe. I want my money back.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 172005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The consumer was driving a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. At approximately 45 mph consumer's vehicle hit another vehicle and ended up in a ditch. There was front damage to the vehicle. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The other vehicle was hit with the driver's side front end. The highway patrolman on the scene stated that the airbags should have deployed. The vehicle was towed, and it has not yet been inspected. Consumer sustained severe whiplash. There was a police report taken. The other driver was charged with failure to yield right of way. The other vehicle, 2000 Volkswagen, was totaled. There were six airbags on this vehicle and none of them deployed.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states her vehicle collided with a truck cabin that was left abandoned on freeway 280 in palo alto, ca. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 60 mph. The vehicle spun several times and side swiped another vehicle parked in the vehicle service lane. It landed in the hillside of the freeway. The vehicle safety features included front, side, and panel airbags. None of which deployed. The vehicle has been declared a total loss by american express property and causality insurance. It is presently located sturken auto body in san jose, ca. It is scheduled for immediate towing by the insurance company to iv company in North hollywood, ca for salvage. There was a police report. The consumer was injured in this vehicle. There maybe other injuries because there were 4 other vehicles involved. The consumer has not seen the police report yet. The truck cabin was unavoidable; the car on the side of the freeway had hit it first.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

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