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. Notes: Yes, the Honda Civic receives a lot of complaints because so many were sold. And sure, car parts only last so long and things eventually break. But it's never good to see this many transmission complaints, especially when the average mileage at failure is just north of 100,000 miles.

Especially when you consider that it's predecessor also has a nasty history with transmission complaints.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,000 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.

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 012015


  • miles


The SRS light has been constantly on. The dealer says it is not the result of failed seat belts or airbags. Possible fault is the computer. I do not feel that the computer failure is as a result of anything I have done. It has been on for many years. I do feel the responsibility rests with the corporation to produce a car that does not exhibit this basic dysfunction.

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012002


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the driver's seat moved forward independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the adjuster bushing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 222005


  • miles
I was a passenger in a 2002 Honda Civic (2-door) involved in a head on collision with a Hyundai elantra. My airbag (passenger side) did not deploy, but the driver side air bag did deploy. Additionally, my seat (passenger side) broke loose from the floor mounts and did not restrain me from smashing forward into the dash with my legs and forarms taking the impact. As a result of the seat becoming un-fastened I suffered bruising and lacerations on my legs and arms and neck and back injuries from my head whiplashing because a lack of airbag deployment. The driver did not suffer any back or neck injuries because his airbag restrained his head from "snapping" forward. To summarize: Passenger seat came loose from floor mounts and passenger side airbag did not deploy.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 052003


  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The driver's seat was unstable.. the driver's seat rocked back and forth when a stop was made.

- Glenshaw, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 122002


  • miles
Consumer brought vehicle in for warranty service on the air conditioning system which is not cooling properly, and because of two loose center air conditioning vents. Upon inspection, it was determined that the loose center vents were normal wear and tear. The service was provided to the air conditioning system but it is still not operating properly. The driver's seat was not securely mounted. The consumer was told that Honda is upgradng parts, and until they do so, nothing can be done to the driver's seat.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122002


  • miles
Consumer states that the driver seat is not securely mounted.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

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