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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:
46 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
36 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,175 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 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Feb 252003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags did not deploy.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Sep 152002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling about 60mph on highway another vehicle pulls out in front of consumer's vehicle and hit it. Upon impact, passenger's side airbag deployed, but driver's side airbag didn't deploy. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Longbeach, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 102002

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states while at a intersection acar hit head on and air bags did not deploy. Both sensors were hit.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #17

Jul 202002

Civic

  • miles

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

The airbag SRS light has needed to be reset four times since purchasing the new vehicle. The dealer is unsure if the airbag would deploy when the SRS warning light is on. The dealer had a service bulletin posted in their office concerning this defect. The problem seems to be due to the susceptiblity of the airbag sensors to normally occurring rf from environmental sources that meet fcc standards for rf emissions. Honda has no effective solution for the problem. I would think that a recurring problem that poses a risk of the SRS not deploying would be an unacceptable risk that would require mitigation. In every case, the SRS light has come back on within a few days of service. I can't bring the vehicle back in on a weekly basis for an SRS reset, so I have driven the vehicle extensively with no confidence that the SRS system would deploy in an accident. If this is common enough to require a service bulletin, it may be only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed due to this defect.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 042002

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle had been in a frontal collision at 50 mph and neither air bag depolyed. Dealer and manufactuerer were notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 292002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front crash at 30 mph, neither airbag deployed. Passenger hit her head on windshield. Damage unknown at this time.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #14

Jun 062002

Civic

  • miles

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

Both frontal and side air bag lights would come on intermittently or remain on while driving. Dealer and manufacturer were notified. Vehicle taken to dealership, but SRS light is on at all times. Side air bag light comes on intermittently.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 272001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
During a head on collision with a pole the drivers side air bag failed to deploy, the passenger side air bag did deploy, as a result of nondeployment the driver sustained head and neck injuries. Nlm

- Walton, IN, USA

problem #12

Apr 302002

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
In rear and frontal collisions none of the air bags deployed, causing major injuries to driver and passenger.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 232002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 25mph and started to turn a corner, vehicle lost all power, NHTSA campaign id number 01V18300, had no prior warning of problem. Consumer lost control of the vehicle and hit a telephone pole. Neither air bags deployed. Engine light illuminated and dealer informed consumer five times that the gas cap was the cause, consumer had accident two days after talking to dealer.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 062002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

As a result of a crash air bags did not deploy. Vehicle was totaled.

- Orland, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 112002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer rearended another vehicle while driving 20mph. Neither airbag deployed. No injuries, vehicle has not been inspected by dealer.

- Woodenville, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 062001

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact air bags did not deploy, causing minor injuries to driver and passenger. Also, sensor was moved in the impact. Manufacturer has been notified. Please provide additional information.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 202001

Civic

  • miles
Teenage daughter driving car home from college. Sustained head injury and back pain as a result of steering wheel airbag not deploying. She hit the center concrete divider head on. We have pictures of the damaged car. She was wearing her seatbelt.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 272001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
During a head on collision with a pole the drivers side air bag failed to deploy, the passenger side air bag did deploy, as a result of nondeployment the driver sustained head and neck injuries. Nlm

- Walton, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 092001

Civic

  • miles
Driver airbag did not deploy when car crashed into ditch. The driver seatbelt locked properly but did not retract to prevent the driver from flailing from the second impact. The driver was the only occupant of the car.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #4

Jul 292001

Civic

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle hit a utility pole head-on, demolishing vehicle, and air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured.

- Walton, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 122001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling approximately 45 to 50 mph vehicle crashed into another vehicle which was crossing consumer's lane of traffic. Both frontal air bags failed to deploy during impact. No determination has been made for failure.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 082001

Civic

  • miles
My car was totaled, it had extensive front end damange and side damange. I spent out on the pa turnpike and hit the media divider and the car airbags failed to open.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 172001

Civic

  • miles
VIN# [xxx], head on collision non of the air bags activated which could of eliminated the personal injuries. Portion of the front chasie twisted and frame damage 8000.00$ cost of repair just to the car and non of the air bag activated. Expert at the body shop confirm that the air bags should have activated which would have stop the broken arm injury. Honda and the dealer where both contacted, Honda kind of believe that air bag should have activated just afraid to say they have faulty air bag system in their new car and take the responsibility to resolve the issue and take responsibility for damage. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

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