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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,699 miles

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1998 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 042016

Civic

  • 211,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. The contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 211,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 182016

Civic

  • 232,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. While driving 30 mph, the driver and passenger side air bags deployed without warning. The impact damaged the windshield and smoke escaped from the air bags into the cabin of the vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 232,000.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #14

Oct 162014

Civic

  • 164,000 miles
The impact was at about 37 mph, the impact was in the front of the car, the failure of the air bags to open at the time of the impact.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 312014

Civic

  • miles

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

The contact owned a 1998 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the driver crashed the vehicle into a pole. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The driver was taken to a hospital and sustained a broken nose, dissected aorta, and was in cardiac intensive care. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Escalon, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 312012

Civic

  • 230,000 miles
Driving at 55 mph a Ford Focus pulled straight out in front of me and came to a stop. I was approximately 1 car length away when they did this so I did not have time to stop and could not pull out around them because I would have been in oncoming traffic. I T-boned this vehicle doing 55 mph and they were stopped. My front end hit directly on their front drivers side. Their front left fender and tire were bent in and both of their front air bags deployed. My whole front end was crushed in and the center of my hood looked like I hit a tree. None of my air bags deployed. If I had not been wearing my seat belt I would have been more seriously injured than I was. Where are the sensors for air bag deployment" shouldn't mine have deployed"

- Exeter, ME, USA

problem #11

Dec 292010

Civic

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle was involved in a crash in which none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and the driver was reported injured. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 180,000.

- Forstell, MO, USA

problem #10

Jul 122004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,179 miles

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

I own a 1998 Honda Civic LX, and the SRS light on. It cost me $64 to tell me there was nothing wrong. The Honda dealership said if goes on again they will replace the computer chip and will cost $500 to $700 to do that. They don't know what's causing it. I went on the internet and found lots of other people with Honda's with the same problem. It appears Honda is not taking the blame for it. How safe is it for me to drive my car with knowing the airbags won't go off" I feel this is a very unsafe situation driving my car, knowing the light can be set off at any time, and the dealership has no idea what's causing this" I'm a little skeptical about the Honda dealership. After reading all the complaints, many people seem to be having the same problem.

- Two Rivers, WI, USA

problem #9

Jan 222004

Civic

  • miles
Both driver and passenger side air bags failed to deploy when the consumer was involved in a major collision.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 232003

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with air bags not deploying. While driving vehicle was involved in a collision where the air bags did not deploy.dealer was contacted, and stated that they did not know why the air bags did not deploy.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 242001

Civic

  • miles
Air bags did not deploy when car hit the back of another vehicle at approx. 35 M.P.H. front end of Honda Civic was demolished and nothing protected driver from hitting windshield even with seat belt on her. This car was for teenager and dealer was asked specific questions about the safety of the vehicle including the air bags. We were told that car was very safe and everything was in working order. Now we know that the air bags were not working.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 162002

Civic

  • miles

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

Airbag didn't deploye at time of accident.

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 202002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle was smashed into from the side which then threw the vehicle into a telephone pole head on. Neither dual air bags deployed upon either impact. Nlm

- Bay City, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 292002

Civic

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 182001

Civic

  • miles
During frontal collision the frontal air bags did not deploy, consumer was injured in accident. Nlm

- Churubusco, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 011999

Civic

  • miles
My car is totaled by another drivers negligence; I was told by a lawyer that because my son and I were not killed in the accident we could not file a claim against the manufactor for the airbags not deploying even though it was a head on colllison. I called the manufactor and all the lady told me was that she would send me a "brochure" on how the airbags worked. I know my son and I were extremely lucky in this accident, however I still think something is wrong with the attitude I have received. I still have to live with the pain of hearing my sons voice scream in terror over and over again in my head and I think its one of the worst things a mother has to go through with her child.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 251999

Civic

  • miles
Drive and passenger side airbags did not deploy when vehicle was involved in a rear end accident. The entire front end of the vehicle was destroyed.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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