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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

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2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #157

Oct 212016

Civic

  • miles

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

Takata recall; is this vehicle's airbag need to be changed out" I heard that a car just like my car, airbag, killed the driver. ??" this car hasn't been involved in any accidents that I know of.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #156

Jul 012001

Civic

  • 30 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the front driver's side air bag failed. While driving 35 mph, a vehicle failed to yield the right of way and crashed into the front end of the contact's vehicle. The front driver's side air bag deployed; however, the air bag failed to inflate. The contact sustained injuries to the collar bone, which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 30.

- Speelton, PA, USA

problem #155

Sep 302016

Civic

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front of the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the driver sustained a neck injury. It was unknown if medical attention was received. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Steelton, PA, USA

problem #154

Sep 302016

Civic

  • miles

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

The contact owned a 2001 Honda Civic. Another vehicle crashed into the driver side of the contact's vehicle on the highway. The air bags deployed and metal fragments discharged. A police report was filed. The driver was fatally injured by the metal fragments. The vehicle was towed to the police department. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable. Added VIN.*

- Parris, CA, USA

problem #153

Sep 032016

Civic 4-cyl

  • 103,975 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 35 mph, the brakes failed and the vehicle crashed and flipped over. During the crash, the front end of the vehicle was severely damaged, but the air bags did not deploy. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed. During the crash, the driver sustained lacerations and bruises to the left arm that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,975. Updated 11/08/16 updated 11/17/16.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #152

Aug 032016

Civic

  • 277,696 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 60 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The driver side air bag did not deploy. The police and fire department were notified and a report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact also stated that the driver side air bag was repaired per an unknown recall in November of 2015. The approximate failure mileage was 277,696.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #151

Mar 182016

Civic

  • 145,000 miles

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

"takata recall" I was on the freeway North in first lane, the vehicle was pulling heavy to the right. I remember going into a fishtail then to the right which was grassy and dirt. Slamming sideways up against a wall or fence ending up drivers side. Driver's side steering airbag did not deploy. Passenger side as I watch it pop out and smoking. Several people had stopped to give me assistance and advised me to turn the car off due to it smoking.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #150

Jul 012016

Civic

  • 200,000 miles
Air bags defective and need to be replaced right away according to article in today's sacramento bee. Purchased new originally a shingle springs Honda in 2001

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #149

Apr 192016

Civic

  • 120,000 miles
The drivers and passengers airbags did not deploy during a frontal impact crash involving a Honda Civic and GMC Yukon truck. My vehicle the Honda Civic was heading on a two-lane street at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour before impact into a stopped truck making a left turn across oncoming traffic while Honda was in motion the brakes were applied. Cause is unknown at this time on why the airbags did not deploy. All recalls have been complied with for the 2001 Honda Civic. Recall 13V-132: Recall 14V-351 completed. Number of open recalls are zero at this time.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #148

Nov 132015

Civic

  • miles
Exploding airbag inflator caused catastrophic brain injury to 22 year old female driver. See attached police report.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #147

Oct 042009

Civic

  • 100,000 miles

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

"tanaka recall" 10/04/2009 my son was in his automobiles passenger seat and his friend, who was driving, went off the road into a guardrail. This happened on route 8 at exit 21 in seymour, ct. The ct. Medical examiner reported that the driver had an airbag and that my son didn't in the passenger seat. We were informed by celia, owner of our West haven funeral parlor, that our son died immediately, hitting the top of the car near the seat belt bracket. Celia has a special endorsement with the state of ct. And works with the states medical examiner personally. We feel that our son's injuries/death could have been significantly different if his side and front airbag worked, period.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #146

Mar 122016

Civic

  • 220,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owned a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while idle on a highway, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The contact stated that the resulting force of the impact caused him to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact and the passenger sustained severe neck injuries, fractured ribs, and leg injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under the NHTSA campaign number: 15V370000(air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #145

Mar 122016

Civic

  • 220,000 miles
On March 12, 2016 my wife and I were traveling home to santa cruz from oakland on highway 880. While stopped in stop-and-go traffic we were hit from behind by a vehicle traveling at high speed. Unfortunately, our air bags never deployed resulting in serious injury to my wife and myself. We had recently taken the car to the dealer, ocean Honda in soquel, California, after receiving notice that the air bags on the vehicle were defective and needed to be replaced. Our car was completely totaled as was the car that hit us. While none of our air bags deployed the air bags in the vehicle that struck us all deployed. I'm not sure all of our injuries could have been avoided if the air bags had deployed, but I'm sure the extent of our injuries would have been lessened. I don't know if the recall work done on our car was negligent, or if they just turned off the air bag system. But whatever was or was not done has had a serious impact on my wife and myselfi.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #144

Jul 302013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to airbag inflator replacement issues. The consumer only the passenger side air bag was replaced. However, the dealer stated the driver side was replaced, too. The consumer had paperwork proving only the passenger side air bag was replaced.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #143

Jan 012014

Civic

  • 155,000 miles
My air bag light came on and wont go off, no bad fuses, it happened on a city street, and I do not know if the air bags will work in an accident or not.

- Lathrop, CA, USA

problem #142

Nov 022015

Civic

  • miles
"takata recall" I totalled my car because the steering locked while I was driving. I lost control and flipped it. I was stuck in the seat belt because it would not release. I have airbag dermatitis from the airbag chemicals.

- Felton, DE, USA

problem #141

Oct 062015

Civic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. As a result, the driver and passenger side air bags deployed and caught on fire. A police report and fire report were filed. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The driver sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed and the failure was unable to be determined or repaired. The vehicle was involved in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V370000 and 15V320000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #140

Sep 292015

Civic

  • miles
The SRS and side airbag lights are illuminated on the front dash. After having the takata airbag recall performed on my car, I was told that these lights were unrelated. Instead, I would need to pay somewhere between $600-$1,000 to have the SRS control unit replaced, which may solve the issue. In the meantime, my side and passenger side airbags will not work in a crash. I have not had any incidents yet (no crashes) but feel that I am at risk if I were to be in a crash during which airbag deployment would normally occur.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #139

Jul 092015

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V32000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to provide the part. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/09/15 updated 11/17/15.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #138

Aug 182015

Civic

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the SRS air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

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