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:
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 1 of 3)

problem #43

Jul 212009

Civic

  • 78,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS light illuminated, which indicated that the air bag was malfunctioning. The dealer could not remedy the issue. The contact was informed that if the light illuminated again, a decision would have to be made on whether to replace the air bag or drive without one. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance regarding the repairs. The contact feels that this is a safety issue because the air bags would not deploy in the event of a crash. The current mileage was 79,000 and failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 08/19/09 the dealer reset the light, however a week and a half later, the light came back on again. Updated 08/20/09.

- Potts Towns, PA, USA

problem #42

Apr 072008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am requesting the current list of service bulletins regarding my air bags sensor/control module be expanded to include my VIN number. Today I was told that I need to replace this piece on my 2001 Honda Civic. There are 2 NHTSA item # 623328 and 619975 for the control module for the 2001 Civic and others bulletins for other Honda control modules of the same year. I was told that my VIN number is not on that list. Can you help me?

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #41

Dec 172007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just noticed the SRS indicator is on without obvious reason. It might be caused by heavy loptop bag in the passenger seat. My car is Honda Civic ex 2001. The dealer asks $115 to diagnosis only, needless to say fix. The nature of the defect is safety issue. Honda should either to make the design or have this part in the life time warranty.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #40

Jun 012007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

Brakes never worked right, felt like not stopping quick enough, had replaced 3 or 4 times since 2001, but to this day, when stopping suddenly with brake pedal fully to floor, car doesn't want to stop & is scary. Was rear ended, radio & speakers quit working, replaced & alarm quit working, had to have it completely removed & had damaged fly wheel. Alarm malfunction was causing car to run in "safe mode" and car was using too much gas. The gas indicator is not accurate, and slow to adjust to empty or full levels, even when in perfect weather. Even now I am certain that I do not get good gas mileage in city or highway driving & feel this car is vastly overrated in every way! SRS indicator light is always on for 3 years now, red in color, I never knew this was a problem before reading bulletins ( but do now). Right front window was slow to roll down for months, then wouldn't roll up in cold weather, and now won't work at all regardless of weather conditions. Is stuck, and where I thought it might be a simple fuse issue, now we're finding out it will be a $600 window motor issue. Not a very happy Honda customer right now. Ironically, I bought this Civic because of a prior positive experience owning a Honda crx, which was wonderful. This Honda Civic 2001 has changed the way I view Honda's in general, unfortunately.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #39

Mar 312007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Civic. At 45,000 miles the safety restraint system light came on. Since it was a safety issue Honda should be responsible for investigating and repairing the defect. However, Honda disputed this. If the airbag didn't deploy or seat belts didn't work serious injury could be incurred.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #38

Apr 062007

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I am the original buyer of Honda Civic 2001 4dr and SRS light goes on frequently. As long as the car was under warranty dealer used to fix it without any charge. Last time in 2004 I got it fixed by the dealer. At that time car was out of warranty, but as the problem existed before the expiration of warranty they fixed it. SRS light problem reappeared in March 2007, and when I took the car to the dealer, he said that problem was not the same. He stated that something was wrong in seat back sensor. Dealer is aware of the recall on SRS from Honda...and now he is not willing to help me. I never had any accident. There is some inherent problem with SRS in this car. Dealer wants me to pay $600 to fix it. This the 6th time SRS light is on.

- Autin, TX, USA

problem #37

Dec 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,500 miles

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

2001 Honda Civic SRS light is on. Vehicle has diagnostic codes 15-3 and 15-1. vehicle needs opds sensor and control unit vehicle has 60,000 miles and is out of warranty repair is over $1000 Honda should have to recall this safety and repair it for free - I understand it is a recurring problem on 2001 Honda Civics.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #36

Oct 262006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
SRS light lights up at regular interval, dealer resets computer and it goes off and then comes back again after sometime (irregularly). A safety concern as air bags goes off during this time, if this happens moments before a crash that is extremely dangerous.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #35

Oct 302006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The SRS light on my 2001 Civic-ex came on at 75K miles. I have reset the system about 10 time an the light always comes on. The last time it happened I unbuckled my seat belt and the light just came on.

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #34

Sep 232006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,400 miles
The SRS light on my 2001 Honda Civic has come on on at least three occasions. The first time it was under warranty so the dealership fixed it. The second time, it came on in June 2004, the car was out of warranty. The dealer diagnosed the problem as SRS unit failure and I spent close to $400 to replace it from the dealer. The light came on another time in 2005 but it turned off after a couple of days. This time, in Sept 2006, the light has come on all of a sudden. I have researched this problem on the internet and it seems that this is a problem faced by most Honda Civic and Accord owners. I believe this is a gave safety issues since the dealer indicated that the air bags wont deploy if the SRS light is on. I feel Honda is not making enough efforts to fix the problem since it has been observed in 02 models as well. And I certainly do not feel happy about spending hundreds of dollars to fix it everytime it happens. Honda dealers have a scripted answer to this problem..blaming it on electronic interference, laptops, cell phone usage. I think that is bologna.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #33

Aug 182006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,350 miles

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

The SRS indicator light came on and wouldn't go off> I took the car to the local Honda dealer where it was reset for a $30 diagnostic fee. The service manager said the diagnostic code indicated a low voltage situation and indicated that the battery tested fine. He asked if I did anything out of the ordinary that would have caused the problem and I told him that I had changed nothing in the way I operated the car. After looking at other complaints about this issue on your site, it seems this is a common affliction with Honda's that has not been adequately addressed by the manufacturer and to replace the unit would be expensive for the owner. Honda should rectify this situation.

- York, PA, USA

problem #32

May 022006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,500 miles
The "SRS" light on my 2001 Honda Civic LX came on a few months ago without any apparent reason and has not turned off. According to what I have read, this indicates that there is some type of a problem with the air bag / safety restraint system. As far as I know, Honda covers only seat belts for the life of the car. Airbags are supposed to be so important (and are never used unless in a crash); I cannot understand why they do not cover these very important safety devices. From what I have read, the air bags will not deploy as long as that "SRS" light is on. This is a sad day for all americans. Who can afford to pay to have this repaired"???" I know I can't. it seems this is a common problem with Honda. Hopefully there will be a recall before people get killed or seriously injured as a result.

- Duryea, PA, USA

problem #31

Jul 212006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,613 miles
The SRS sensor light stays on in my 2001 Civic -- the dealer states that it is not under warranty to fix -- it is a costly repair. I only have 33,000 miles on the car. In reading the other complaints -- I see that it is a growing problem for this model and year of Honda -- a recall would benefit all since it is a major safety concern.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #30

Jun 082006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles
Honda Civic 2001 SRS light will not shut off - dealer can't fix - say air bags don't work when light is on.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #29

Mar 302005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The SRS light on my 2001 Honda Civic ex came on unexpectedly while I was driving the car. There was no crash, no front end damage...it just came on. I took it to the dealership where the car was purchased. They reset the light and told me that if it came on again, I would have to have the entire steering column replaced as the air bags would not work. This would cost me in excess of $800. While it was parked in the parking lot at work a few weeks later, the light came on again. Again, no damage. The car has less than 25,000 miles on it.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #28

May 302006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,500 miles
The SRS light stays on all the time now.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #27

Oct 312004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
SRS light stays on all the time / airbags do not function.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #26

Mar 272006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light remains on in my vehicle. Visited forums that discussed same problems in other Civic ex vehicles (also Odyssey and Accord models). Apparently it is a common problem. Dealership unable to fix the problem permanently.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #25

Feb 132006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My 2001 Honda Civic LX 4 door SRS light came on this morning and will not turn off. This appears to be a problem with lots of Honda Civics. Honda needs to declare this issue a recall and fix the problem, without charging the customer diagnostic fees.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #24

Jan 232006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS sensor failure in passenger seat. The vehicle is not even 5 yrs. Old yet. I do not know how long SRS sensors are supposed to last, but according to the warranty company, which did not cover replacement of the ineffective device, this part does not typically go out on a Honda. I feel, in the case that the lifetime of this piece of equipment was shorter than expected, that this could pose a potential threat in the event of an accident. As I was informed by the dealer, the SRS sensor detects whether a passenger is in the passenger seat and sends a signal to the airbag to deploy. Obviously when the sensor is failing to detect a passenger the airbag will not deploy. Fortunately, I was able to afford the repair but I have concern for those who do not. In addition, I feel it is irresponsible for any warranty company to exclude such an important component in a safety system on a vehicle. The diagnostic code is 15-3.

- Hoover, AL, USA

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