Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

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 8 of 8)

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problem #17

Jul 182002

Civic

  • miles

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

Consumers son was involved in a car accident and the airbags failed to deploy.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 252001

Civic

  • miles
SRS passenger light on constant. Took vehicle to (2) Honda dealerships - ourisman Honda bethesda, md and fairfax Honda fairfax, va. Several diagnostic tests were done and was told both times that nothing wrong can be found. Was told that "constant" light means system failure in the event of an accident. Honda says to "turn on heater for 4-6 hours to dry seat due to excess moisture". SRS light stays on even when no one is in passenger seat. SRS light goes off intermittently when person is in passenger seat. Teracon1@yahoo.com.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 052002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
The vehicle hit a sidewall tree and the front left side of the vehicle crashed. During the accident the air bags did not deploy.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 202001

Civic

  • miles

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

Consumer states the SRS light has illuminated for the second time.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 202001

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states the SRS light has illuminated for the second time.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 062002

Civic

  • miles
Traveling at 20 to 25mph. Guy in front of me slammed brakes on. I hit my brakes. Brakes locked up and lost complete control of vehicle. Slid about 10 feet into a 1997 GMC full size truck. My vehicle went up underneath truck bumper. Neither of my airbags deployed. Damage was $5148.33. Reported to Honda and was told that I was not traveling fast enough for airbags to go off. Had me and passenger not had seat belts on we would have probably gone through windshield.

- St Marys, GA, USA

problem #11

Jul 262001

Civic

  • miles

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

The SRS failure light is constantly activated or on. Our dealer cannot repair it. American Honda tech support cannot tell the dealer how to repair it. American Honda has taken car, saying that it is unsafe to drive and with other such defects it must redesign & remanufacture a new part to be installed from now on and retrofitted to my car. After 5 times at the dealer starting right after delivery, american Honda now estimates 1 - 2 months for a possible repair. The dealer has been very helpful, but it is out of their hands. There have been no guarantees, and american Honda refuses to put anything in writing. Anyone with a similar problem E-mail sandywasson@hotmail.com.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 012001

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle has been cutting off while driving on an intermittent basis. Also, SRS light on dashboard remained illuminated. Dealer has been contacted for repairs three times, but consumer was experiencing same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 162001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was struck on the right passenger side. The airbags did not deploy.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was taken to dealership 5-6 times. Each time mechanic indicated part for SRS was on back order. Kept getting it repaired, but problem would reappear. Consumer states the SRS light is on all the time, consumer was informed that parts are not available, vehicle has been fixed, the consumer is waiting to see if the repair has truly fixed the problem.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 102001

Civic

  • miles

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

Discussion with service dept. At college park Honda indicated this part was a common failure. Honda does not have replacement parts available. Estimated time of delivery 4 weeks or more. Honda apparently did not anticipate early failure of this part and does not have an inventory of replacement parts. Basically, anyone experiencing this problem is being exposed to a fatal accident or serious injury since airbags are inoperable until the control module is replaced. This is undoubtedly a critical safety part and a four week wait for a replacement is unacceptable. NHTSA should contact Honda and force some immediate action. At minimum, this part could be taken from autos being built and redirected toward the replacement market. Someone needs to hold Honda's feet to the fire and force immediate correction.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 202001

Civic

  • miles
Consumer contacted dearlership for airbag illumination on dashboard. Dealer has replaced computer, but the problem was not remedied.

- Terra Billa, CA, USA

problem #5

May 152001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light came on. Vehicle was taken to dealer, who said it was repaired. After consumer picked vehicle up, airbag light came on again. Vehicle taken back to dealer, has been at dealership for almost 2 months, consumer was informed parts were on backorder.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 102001

Civic

  • miles
Customer has taken vehicle to dealer on 2 occasions for problems with SRS unit(SRS light stays steadily lit while car is on). Customer was informed that the problem resulted from reclining passenger seat while driving. The unit was re-programmed and the light came on again. Customer was then told that it was because she stows her wheelchair in the passengers seat. If the chair is unrestrained, the car thinks that a person is sitting in the seat and the computer will automatically shut off the system. Consumer began restraining the w/C, and light came on a third time.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 062001

Civic

  • miles
Air bag light has come on and stayed on randomly during normal operation of vehicle. Dealership stated that heating coil was causing this defect. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 092001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning air conditioning water would drip from under glove compartment and soak mats and rugs. Also, airbag light comes on and off while driving. Took to dealer, and they said heating core needed replacing.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 152000

Civic

  • miles
SRS indicates malfunction. Owners manual states airbag may not deploy. Power door lock driver side inoperable, cannot lock car from inside. Pass interior door panel loose. Notified dealer, slow to respond.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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