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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:

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2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #37

May 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

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

2001 Honda Civic SRS light is illuminated. The dealership has inspected and reset three times. The first time they claimed that my purse, which I sometimes put on the seat, must be too heavy. The second time they replaced the battery on a car with less than 8,000 miles. The third time they insisted that I must be putting articles heavier than 10 pounds on the seat. I have been careful about leaving the seat clear. The light came on within a couple of weeks of the last reset.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #36

May 272004

Civic

  • miles
The driver was unable to place anything over 80 pounds on the passenger seat. If this happens the SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on until the mechanic reset it. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that it was designed that way. The mechanic has reset it over five times and the problem still occurs at this time.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #35

Mar 292004

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
While driving the SRS appears on the dashboard and remains on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer informed that the clock spring need to be replaced. The problem still occurs.

- Central Point, OR, USA

problem #34

Mar 092004

Civic

  • 12,077 miles

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

Consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision while driving between 30-35 mph. Upon impact, only the passenger side air bag deployed. Driver sustained severe sternum bruises when coming in contact with the steering wheel.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #33

Mar 152004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My Honda Civic (2001 ex) has been into the dealer approximately 5 times since it was purchased for a problem with the SRS light remaining on. This has occurred with or without items on the front seat of the passenger side of the car. Each time the problem was fixed, the SRS light would come back on within days, weeks or months. I am concerned that there is a serious flaw in the design of the airbag system, which could result in a potentially fatal or serious injury, should the car be involved in an accident.

- Rehoboth, MA, USA

problem #32

Dec 142002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,000 miles
I bought a used 2001 Honda Civic from premiere motorcars of Santa Fe in Nov. Of 2002. The car had the SRS light on and needed new clips for the sun roof. They were fixed before I brought the car home. Approximately one month after I bought the car I was parked at raleys supermarket when an individual drivig a truck hit the passenger side of my bumper. When I took the car to be fixed, the repair shop told me that there was prior damage to my radiator. I had to pay an additional $1000 to fix everything. I was showed the prior damage before the repair shop fixed it; some of my bumper was actually taped together from the inside, it was not visible at all from the outside. When I told Santa Fe premiere about this they insisted that I had done the damage. Since then my SRS light has gone on about 5 times and each time I take it to the dealer to have it fixed I am told that they cannot find anything wrong so they just reset the light. The mantenience required light has now been on for the past three days and I am uncomfortable with the work done at Santa Fe premiere motors. My car had to have been in a bad car accident before I bought it.

- Taos , NM, USA

problem #31

Jan 062004

Civic

  • miles

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

When backing the vehicle out of parking lot and without warning vehicle accelerated, lost control and hit a pole. Driver put vehicle in drive, then the it accelerated, causing the vehicle to hit a parked car head on. Upon impact, both front airbags did not deploy.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #30

Jan 042004

Civic

  • miles
My parents were driving in a 2001 Honda Civic in cleveland, Ohio. They were driving on icy roads on freeway and car next to them lost control, slamming both cars head on into concrete wall median. The air bags never went off. Then the car kept spinning and slid across road and hit guard rail on other side of road and again the air bags never went off.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #29

Sep 012003

Civic

  • miles
The SRS sensor light stayed on continuously. The part has been repaired four times, however the problem still exists.

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #28

Aug 012003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light (airbag system light) has activated four times over the last year to this date indicating that the airbag system is not operational at that time. Vehicle has been taken into perfection Honda in albuquerque, New Mexico, for repairs. Different explanations have been given each time, and it was replaced on one occasion. The last explanation given was that a cellular telephone was being charged and/or used in the car near the seat. The SRS light was reset. Within one day the SRS light had come on again at a time that no cellular telephone was being used and/or charged. Honda's explanation of the use of electronic devices near the seat is not satisfactory as it places the driver and passengers in an unsafe situation. Cellular telephone usage and/or charging may be necessary for personal safety but possibly will result in the airbag system not functioning during what could be a crucial time. Honda should be forced to fix this defect immediately for the safety of its customers. Numerous complaints have already been filed with the NHTSA concerning this situation.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #27

Jul 252001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

SRS light illuminates and side airbag light illuminates. Repeated problems with lights, but dealer said it was due to the way the passenger was sitting in the seat. Complaining to dealer over the past two years.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #26

Jul 012003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My son was about an hour out of sun valley Idaho when he hit an elk! 5000 damage to his 2001 Honda Civic and lacerated face....airbag did not deploy.

- Bellingham , WA, USA

problem #25

May 292003

Civic

  • miles
Air bag problem. Dealer has inspected the vehicle several times and problem still occurs.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #24

May 212003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
The front and side air bag light illuminated. This problem has occurred at least five times.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 152002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The air bag light illuminated on the dash board, the dealer replaced the part, however the light illuminated again. The occupancy position detector system was replaced, the rear defroster and cruise control was inoperative, there was a loud clunk noise while driving and on turns, the radio was inoperative, the back window was replaced along with the antenna, the fog light switch was loose, the brake light had gone out, there was a rattle in the rear seat, the fuel cap was loose, there was a vibration in the steering wheel, and the trunk lid did not close. Scc

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #22

Nov 302002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
When consumer shifted the gears, the engine surged and vehicle suddenly accelerated, resulting in a collision, consumer applied brakes hard, but car would not stop. Related recall 01V329000, consumer's V.I.N. not included. Ts upon impact the air bags did not deploy. It is also noted that the technican experienced the same condition when entering the vehicle to be serviced. It was determined that the transmission was faulty. Consumer sustained minor injuries and there was front end damage....

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #21

Nov 042002

Civic

  • miles
I ran into the back of a full size truck going 35-40 mph the passenger side airbag deployed but the driver side airbag did not deploy I sustained head and chest trauma in which I hit the steering wheel.

- Bryant, AR, USA

problem #20

Oct 222002

(reported on)

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Involved in a pile up on the freeway and no air bags deployed. Dealer was contacted.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 012002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 43 mph, vehicle encountered another vehicle that made a -U- turn. The vehicle was struck head on with only the passenger side air bag deploying. The driver side air bag failed to deploy which allowed the drivers upper body to make contact with the steering wheel. The most extensive damage was on the drivers side with the entire front pushed in along with tire blowing.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #18

Jul 242001

Civic

  • miles
SRS light is staying on. This may cause an unexpected airbag deployment.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

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