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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,060 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

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 292010


  • 85,000 miles


Airbag indicator light on 2005 Honda Accord came on for no reason. Honda charged me $110 to diagnose the problem and said the driver side curtain airbag was malfunctioning. They said it was $985 to replace and that airbags were not covered under the lifetime warranty like seatbelts were. Dealership suggested I speak with Honda customer service because they too were surprised it wasn't covered. Honda customer service said there was no way they would pay for it. I was also told that because the indicator light remains on, that my car would probably not pass state inspection. Now I am out the $110 I paid to first get this information, and have a car that may not pass state inspection due to a malfunctioning airbag that Honda does not have an explanation for.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 052006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Monday 06/05/06 at around 8:45 pm. As I was driving home on the freeway. I started smelling something like gun powder when a few seconds later all of the sudden the driver side air bags deployed with no reason what so ever, the seat belt pulled me back against the seat really hard. I didn't crash, I did not come in contact with anything that could have caused this. Thank god I did not have any injuries other than a pain on my left arm due to the deployment of the air bag located on the left side of the driver seat and a slight pain on my lower back I think due to the seat belt pulling me back so hard as the air bags were being eployed.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 192005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving the passenger curtain and seat air bag deployed. The housing for the air bag on the door was damaged. The contact did not run over anything recently. She backed into a curb days ago, but the street she was driving on yesterday has no curbs. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and stated that hitting the curb days ago could not have caused it, but according to the dealership, it did. The manufacturer was relying solely on the dealer's evaluation. The vehicle is still at the dealership and has not been repaired.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 052005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
While driving home on interstate 285 in traffic I heard a loud pop in my left ear and my seat belt tightened to an unbearable tightness. My car filled with a powdery like substance and that's when I realized that my side curtain and seat airbags had deployed. There was nothing in the highway that I could have hit. My car was drivable and I pulled over to see if there was any damage. There was no damage so I called the dealership and took it in. They did a visual inspection and could find no reason why the air bags should have deployed. They said they would have to keep the car over night so that they could look at it more closely. The next day I called to check the status of my car and at that time I was informed that they could not find any damage to my car but they needed to continue looking. 15 minutes later I received a phone call stating that they had found a small scratch on the bottom of my car and that was the cause of my airbags deploying. I am insisting that I did not hit anything because the highway was clear at the time. Am I getting the run around from Honda" is this normal"

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 172005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
While driving home on interstate 93 in heavy traffic I noticed a small object in the road that I had thought I avoided, but in a instant the passenger side and seat air bag deployed. The car filled with a smoky substance, causing visibility to be limited, my wife and I were startled but ok, we first thought we had been in an accident. We pulled over and checked the car and found no damage. The car is 2005 new Honda Accord hybrid brand new with only 500 miles on it. After we composed ourselves we called the dealer and they indicated to park the car and do not drive it so we had it towed. The dealer put the car on a lift and called us to say they could see a scratch under the car where something must have hit a sensor and then triggered the air bags. If this had been on the drivers side I can assure your the results could have been much worst. I cannot believe that such a small object would trigger this to go off, rather than a safety item these are a hazard. I will fear seeing an object on the highway in the future and always wonder if the air bags will deploy. Does this sound normal or was the dealer telling me the truth? I had to file an insurance claim because the dealer stated it was my fault. The car is now sitting waiting for the insurance adjuster to look at it.

- Sandown, NH, USA

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