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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,072 miles

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2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Jan 232006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,007 miles

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

I am the second owner and have owned my first (Honda) Civic ex for nearly two years in March of 2006. One day after work I got home, ate then I jumped in to my Honda and the SRS came up. As I research more, it came to be the air bags. I have not taken the car to the appropriate dealer but after reading all the blocs with these problems, I hope there is a defect replacement from Honda. This item is not even being used as a functioning part other than sensor or so. I am not complaining about a window that I would use all the time. It is a product that is not in function in normal use otherwise I would take my end of the bargain and replace it.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact's son noticed the air bag warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was not involved in any previous accidents, and there were no prior warnings indicating a problem with the air bag system. The vehicle has been inspected by the dealer, and they said the module control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was being repaired.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #21

Sep 232005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
SRS light stays on all of the time. When I took it to bradenton Honda for other issues, they cehcked it, reset the computer and said if it came on again, to bring it back in. It has come on again and stays on. In reviewing your complaints, seems it is an increasing problem for this year and model of Honda.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 082005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,005 miles

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

The SRS light continuously stays on even after resetting. After reading many experiences from other Honda Civic owners with similar vehicles and problems, will anything be done to correct this issue. My local dealer claims that this problem is caused by my cellular phone even though I do not always have my phone in my vehicle. I would like to make a formal complaint and try to get this problem corrected.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #19

Sep 102005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,600 miles
About 1 month ago my SRS light came on. I have been weary to take the vehicle in to the dealer because they seem to have no answer to the problem. Apparently the vehicle's airbags will not deploy when the SRS light is on.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #18

Oct 152001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,290 miles
The caller said air bag light on the dashboard came on. She said she had it checked three times already, and now has to have it checked again. The caller said the SRS sensor was replaced in 2002, and had not had problem until now. Dealer said they will not look at vehicle for free. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. The caller was concerned about air bag not working when light was on.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 252005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

SRS light went on for no reason. Airbags will not deploy if in accident Honda wants to charge $700 to fix. They say they its a wear and tear issue but it should have lasted at least 100,000 miles not 68,000 miles.

- Rocky Point, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2001 Honda Civic ex. I have a problem with the SRS light. I have talked to howard nathan at turn to 2 ( wdtn ) about this. The problem stims from an electronic interference ( cell phone, lap top etc ) but it was my phone. I bought the car ( 6/2/05 ) and the light was on and then I took it back to the dealership where I purchased it. They fixed it and 2 weeks later it came back on. They fixed it well in the same week the light came on and I told them and I set up an appt for Wednesday ( 7/7 ) and they took it to hidy Honda. After charging the dealship where I bought it 80 bucks all they basically did was delete the code out of the system and nopthing else. I emailed howard nathan and we have been discussing this problem and it needs to be fixed before a death occurs.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 082005

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
SRS light keeps coming on for no reason. Has happened 4 times and Honda won't "fix" it. Airbags don't work when light is on and car will not pass va state inspection with light on. Honda charges over $85 to run diagnosis but each time finds nothing wrong and just resets the light. Why won't Honda fix this problem.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #14

May 162005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
SRS light comes on and does not go off. If there was an accident, the air bags would not function. We were told to keep wallets off the seat and cell phones out of the car. Is there any resourse to fix this problem and why has it not been recalled. The dealer has reset and charged us three times and has not yet fixed the problem.

- East Hanover, NJ, USA

problem #13

Mar 092005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The SRS light appeared on the dashboard while driving and remained on. Driver took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that a sensor needed to be replaced.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #12

Dec 052004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Side airbag light came on and stayed on with no one sitting in the passengers seat. Tried to re-set according to manual and disconnected battery for 3 minutes. No good. The car only has 50K on it and talking to other Honda owners it is a chronic problem. I have an expensive car and I don't know if the airbags will work properly without taking it to the dealer so he can take my money.

- Harpers Ferry, WV, USA

problem #11

Aug 092004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
SRS warning light went on after car was parked at work all day. (also shortly after work was done on my car for the headlamp recall) called Honda dealer to make appt and asked if airbags would be working if light was on and was told yes. Took it to Honda dealer for repair. They reset it. $80 diagnostic charge. Approx 2.5 days later, the SRS warning light came on. Called dealer to complain. They said they have to replace the sensor for approx $400. Took it to Honda dealer for repair. Got call from dealer as car was being worked on. The repair will require two sensors and $800. Was told while warning light is on, my airbags don't work.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,510 miles
2001 Honda Civic ex, SRS light stays on. Code 15-3. opd system sensor was replaced 9/21/01 under warranty. Light went back on a short time later. Someone in the service department told my daughter that it was nothing to worry about, because this light sometimes went on for no reason. Unfortunately, he did not explain that the airbags are disabled when this light is on. She has been driving it with the light on since 2001. (she assumed it was only a dummy light, like "maintenance required"). yesterday, I took it to the dealership and they charged $79 to diagnose the same problem, and want $810 dollars to replace the sensor, since it is no longer under warranty. This morning, I did a little research on the internet (www.autofan.com/forum) and found that this is a known issue with Honda, and that there are many other Honda Civic owners with the same problem. In addition, it seems as if a new sensor will not solve the problem, since other owners report additional failures even when the original sensor is replaced. I am very concerned, I consider this a serious safety issue.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

May 062004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The SRS light for the front seat passenger side airbag comes on. When it is on, the airbag will not work. I have brought it into the Honda dealership 3 times previously. Twice they reset the light, the third time they replaced the module. The light stayed off for a short while, but has since come back on. If someone is sitting in the passenger seat the light goes off. If no one is in the passenger seat the light comes on. Today my car is back at the Honda dealership and they are looking at trying to fix it. Looking at the other reports here, this appears to be a problem that should be researched and a recalled issued as it is a safety issue.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #8

Feb 132004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have taken my 2001 Honda Civic hx to the dealer on multiple times to have the SRS light repaired. The first time they reset the light and it came back on in a couple of days. The second time they stated that the opds was malfunctioning probably due to aftermarket electronics (cell phone, radio, etc). The light came back on the same day. They stated that the module would have to be replaced and is not covered by my extended warranty. With the light on my air bags will not work.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 212003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The SRS light came on after less than 6 month after purchased the vehicle brand new. The dealer just reset the light and it would come on within weeks again. It took the dealer 3 times before admitting the SRS module is defective. Then it took another month before they could obtain the part and replaced it. Within a year, the SRS light came on again and claimed the module is defective again and will cause $400 to replace it.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 032003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,830 miles
SRS light came on while driving. Taken to dealership-was told it was an intermittent problem probably due to something put on the front seat. Computer was reset & two weeks later light came on again & this time service person @ the dealer stated the airbag sensor failed & would be very costly to repair & is not under warranty or Honda care(45,000 miles on vehicle).

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 082002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states in the first week of driving the SRS light came on. Dealership advised that the sensor had simply tiggered. After four attempts to repair, the SRS light would come on intermittently. Dealership stated that there was indeed a problem with the SRS system, but that they had no known fix.

- Unknown, 00, USA

problem #4

May 042001

Civic

  • miles
The SRS indicator appeared in the dash panel of vehicle, consumer took vehicle to dealer and informed conumer that there was a faulty airbag system, it took two failed control units to determine that the problem was the two sensors in the system and that the problem was resolved.

- Balch Springs, TX, USA

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