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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,696 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.

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 041998

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,570 miles


My accelerator pedal gets stuck and cannot be pressed unless a lot of force is used. When the pedal comes unstuck the car then jumps forward. This makes it very difficult and dangerous to drive, especially in slow traffic and when it rains. I have taken the car to the dealer eight times to repair from June 1998 to November 2002, but they could not repair it, even though Honda had a safety recall for this problem. The floor mat never caused the sticking. Now Honda says there is nothing wrong with the car and that any possible problems are due to lack of proper maintenance (improper oil and transmission fluids used).

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 242002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I was traveling on a wet road at 40mph. When applied brakes, the body of the vehicle jerked forward abruptly and the brakes locked up on me, causing the vehicle to skid off road. The vehicle hit concrete blocks and totaled the front end. The air bags failed to deploy.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 302001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When accelerating, pedal left drivers' foot and went down to the floor into a full open position. Vehicle continue to accelerate, even after brakes were applied. After vehicle was put into park, the accelerator went to a close position.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 172000


  • miles


Two separate incidents of accelerator pedal sticking and brakes not working. Accelerator pedal stuck when pulling out of parking lot. I was pushing on brakes with no response. Had to use emergency brake, and the car continued to "rev" trying to accelerate. Turned car off. Restarted car, and again the car engine was trying to accelerate even though brakes were pushed. Was not using floormat. Dealership cannot duplicate. In October 99, turned into parking lot and accelerator pedal stuck and car increased speed. Again brakes did not work. Had to use emergency brake to get car to stop.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 211999


  • miles
While driving at 45 mph accelerator got stuck, and the consumer had to pull the accelerator up by hand.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 281998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was in the parking lot when consumer was backing out of a space, shifted gear into drive and accelerator pedal went to the floor, causing the vehicle to hit another vehicle and a light pole. Reason unknown. Dealer notified.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #2

Aug 271998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle accelerator stuck widely open. The vehicle did not slow down when depressing the brake pedal. Speed increased from 67 to 100 mph. Consumer turned the ignition off to stop vehicle. Vehicle is being checked by dealer.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #1

May 301998


  • miles
Gas pedal keep getting stuck. Consumer had to hit emergency brakes to stop vehicle.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

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