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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,400 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 #5

Jun 152006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,000 miles

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

Failure of the front passenger side safety belt. It will latch, but if one pulls on the belt, the latch does not hold.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #4

Jul 102003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front passenger safety belt does not always securely "latch" into the buckle. Within the past several months, the seatbelt has "unlatched" without warning on the person sitting in the front passenger seat. I've figured out that after inserting the safety belt into the buckle, it'll "stay secure" if I push down on it one more time until I hear a solid click. I have not had to do this in the past, but I am very concerned for any passengers that may be seated in my car while in motion. Those unaware of the "double click" trick (to get it "safely secured") are definitely at the highest risk of injury...they assume that when they insert the safety belt into the buckle (and hear the initial click) they are appropriately protected by the seat belt. However, several passengers have been alarmingly surprised to have their seatbelt "automatically" unlatch itself while the vehicle is in motion! although this problem does not occur every time the belt is inserted into the buckle, it still causes me great concern for the safety of those sitting in that front passenger seat!

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 032001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Front seat belts do not retract when unbuckled. Ratchet mechanism seems flimsy.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear left and right side seatbelt buckle will become undone, causing css to become loose, resulting in loss of protection.

- King, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 051999

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle struck rear of another vehicle, brakes were locked at 40 mph, seat belt did not lock, allowing drivers face to hit steering wheel, air bags did not deploy, Honda contacted, and has shown no interest in investigating or checking the car. Stated to take it to the dealer after it was repaired, and if anything was wrong, they would replace parts.

- Mt Carmel, TN, USA

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