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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
56 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
61 / 4
Average Mileage:
49,901 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.

2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #57

Mar 032006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,500 miles

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

The SRS light came on and the dealer -- barber Honda charged me $80 to reset it and no part needs to be replaced. This is a design fault that makes the customers pay unnecessary diagnoses and only benefit the dealer. This is a safety issue so the customer had no choice but to visit the dealer.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #56

Feb 012006

Civic

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic SRS light comes on while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer's technician explained to the consumer that if an object weighing less than 70 lbs is placed in the passenger seat the SRS light would illuminate until the vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed and reset.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #55

Dec 032005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact passed out at the wheel and crashed. Injuries where sustained due to the non deployment of the air bag. A police report was taken. Updated 1/11/2006 -

- Bomoseen, VT, USA

problem #54

Oct 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

The SRS system on my 2001 Honda Civic ex doesn't work, warning light stays on always.

- San Luis Rey, CA, USA

problem #53

Oct 202004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer battery bad, air bags did not deploy after collision at 40- 50 mph. The motorist that hit the consumer was traveling at 40 -50 mph.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #52

Oct 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Dear dot, NHTSA: Recently I have submitted a voq to your office regarding [xxx] along with the police report [xxx], [xxx]. updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #51

Jun 102005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

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

My SRS light keep coming on in my 2001 Honda Civic ex. The light was replaced at ~24,000 miles in 2003 and it has come on again. The dealership says it is the ops sensor (ops something) and will be charging me again to repair it.

- Lasalle, CO, USA

problem #50

May 132005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,060 miles
Airbag SRS light always on when car is running. Cruise won't set. A non Honda garage told me what was wrong and they fixed it. They had to replace the SRS air bag clockspring. Part number 77900-S5A. It's just a ribbon cable inside an enclosure on the steering coloum. I see that problem a lot on your site and no definate answers to the problem. My complaint is that I don't think a safety item like this should wear out before 60,000 miles. The whole repair was $269.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #49

Jun 022004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Impact came from the underside of the vehicle which caused the passenger side air bag to deploy.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #48

May 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
My SRS indicator light comes on and stayed on ever since we purchased the car. (Honda Civic 2001, 2 dr ex 4spa) I've been to the dealership for what is now the sixth time. The first time they reset it and said it was because I used the cigarette lighter to charge my cell phone. The second time they replaced the unit and for the sixth they were going to replace it again. In the meantime I have to drive Honda Civic vehicle with airbags that don?T work. Mechanic blamed lastly that wife places purse and tote bag or package on passenger seat, that has caused the trip. It seems to me that the car does not meet its design specs. And is a lemon. And whoever heard of not being able to take a cell phone in a car or not being able to put a purse on the passenger seat. Wife was in a rear end accident recently, no air bags went off and mechanic who repaired the rear end damage did nothing to the airbags. Honda tried to blame them for the SRS problem, even though I had the problem at least 4 times before the accident. After replacing the part several days ago, I was driving the car and the light came back on. Nothing was in the passenger seat.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #47

May 022005

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Side airbag light would come on and off with passenger in car, taken to dealer by original owner, no resolution due to inability to duplicate problem. Paperwork regarding service inquiry given to me, I am the second owner. Problem appeared again, SRS light also came on.. took vehicle to dealer and now that it is out of warranty they diagnosed the problem as faulty occupant positioning sensor and not covered....the date entered as incident is not the initial date of complaint, it is the second dealer visit. This is as important in my eyes as seatbelts are.

- Coeur D Alene, ID, USA

problem #46

Oct 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,845 miles
The consumer was involved in an accident while driving his 2001 Honda Civic. The battery died and lasted for 3 months, the airbag did not deploy and the pollen filter was unadaptable to human breathing.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #45

Mar 212001

Civic

  • miles
SRS indicator lights stays illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times but the dealer was unable to resolve the problem.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #44

Jun 052004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light will not go off in my 2001 Civic, Honda charges $250 to fix it's own airbags.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #43

Sep 292004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,526 miles
The SRS light came on and stayed on while driving, which per the owner manual indicated a failure in the air bag and seat belts. If the vehicle was in an accident these components will not function. Dealership will be contacted.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #42

Jul 302004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I was driving on the mass pike at approximately 65 mph and when traffic slowed in front of me I was unable to stop quickly enough. I squarely rear-ended the car in front of me and the airbags did not deploy. The SRS light was not on prior to the accident. I was wearing my seatbelt, but sustained severe neck and back injuries from the accident. The autobody expert who fixed my vehicle reported that the airbags should have gone off. Also, Honda America told me there is nothing they can do about it and if the SRS light is not on constantly, the airbags are functioning properly, which is obviously not true.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #41

Aug 142004

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Upon cold start, the SRS light began to illuminate and remained on without the vehicle being involved in an accident. Please provided additional information.

- Hobe Sound, FL, USA

problem #40

Jul 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
During the past 1 1/2 years SRS light came on and stayed on 5 times for my 2001 Honda Civic ex. The dealership has given me a story from cell phones to bags on the passenger seat. It has had to go back to the dealership everytime. I have noted on your website numerous reports of this problem on Honda Civics. I believe a recall should be made for safety measures. A failing airbag can cost someone their lives.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #39

Jun 122004

Civic 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
During my sons vehicle accident (head on with pine tree) the air bags failed. I contacted the manurfacturer and the insurance companies. They both say that the other company is responsible for determining the problem with the failure. Since it seems to me that it will require an engineer to determine the failure mode, this would be the manurfacture's issue. However they say no and will not provide any further assistance or any written document stating their position. Can you provide the information on who is responsible?

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #38

Sep 202002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Intermittently while driving SRS sensor light comes on, which disables the air bags. Dealership is unable to identify the cause of the failure, but they have reset the device three times. But, failure still exists.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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