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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,263 miles
Total Complaints:
46 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. replace defective seat belt buckle (8 reports)
  3. SRS module needs to be replaced (8 reports)
  4. replaced seat belt component (3 reports)
  5. left front seat belt buckle switch fault under warranty (1 reports)
  6. replace seat belt tensioner (1 reports)
2002 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Nov 242009

Civic EX Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


been off and on before with this same problem, some times it fixes itself and you never know, once it was a sensor and once it was a wire, I will not be buying honda again and I will tell friends of this ongoing problem.

- , Sisters, OR, USA

problem #25

Apr 032009

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Has anyone heard of recalls or amends from Honda dealers on the SRS light staying on permanently? I've had this assessed and it was going to cost me around $500 to fix, but it sounds like this is a problem suffered by enough Honda owners to deserve a recall. So much for my undying admiration for Japanese cars.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Almost a year ago, my SRS light on the instrument panel came on and stayed on. My seatbelts work fine, but very possibly my airbags won't work and I'll die in a fiery crash when I least expect it. Unfortunately, all of my research indicates that Honda has manufactured a faulty system that is expensive to be replaced, is not guaranteed to fix the problem, and in fact often doesn't based on the experience of other contributors in this and other forums. Why pay $200-$400 to fix something that will just reappear a year later?

I'm bitter because my transmission gave out last night at only 82,000 miles. I can say with lots of credibility now that Honda made some terrible design/manufacturing mistakes and isn't taking resonsibility for fixing them. I'll lose money in the short term, but believe you me, Honda will never see another dollar out of my pocket again.

Update from Sep 29, 2009: I have a happy ending. When I took my car in to replace the transmission (and the SRS light), Honda found another problem with the wire harness assembly. They replaced that free of charge, and the transmission started working normally again. They also replaced a seat belt component which they said was under warranty, and that fixed the SRS light problem. So, I have a working transmission and no SRS problem, and didn't spend a dime at the dealer... I'm very happy now, and glad to eat my words in the initial post.

- , Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #23

Aug 072009

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 217,000 miles


I just had this car in the shop to have the SRS/OPDS unit diagnosed for the 5th time. There obviously is no fix for this problem. Extending the warranty to 150,000 miles on a car that is widely accepted to last at the very least 200,000+ is inadequate.

We purchased the car new and the first time the OPDS unit failed it was less than 2 years old. A year later Honda sent us a reimbursement for the $350+ we spent to replace it. After that it has been our expense each time, with the exception of the last time (6 mos. ago) when it failed only 2 months after replacement (for the 3rd time). This last time, I had the unit replaced on Friday and the SRS light was back on before I even got it home that same day. The diagnosis was that another sensor had failed and would cost $400 to fix. The entire OPDS system is defective and unfortunatley, we have not yet been able to get Honda to address the problem. .

We have now purchased 4 Honda Civics because otherwise we really like them (gas mileage, longevity), and thankfully, it has mostly been this particular model that's given us trouble; otherwise, we've had no major problems with it or our other Civics, but when it comes to warranty work of any kind, Honda could definitely do better. Unfortunatley, it's the car owners who are paying for this problem, not Honda. Unless this issue can be addressed, this car is not safe to drive.

- , Canton, KS, USA

problem #22

Mar 242007

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

It has taken a year of being a real pain in the arse to Honda but I have FINALLY gotten a local dealership to admit that the seat belts are a safety feature and covered by a warranty. My normal mechanic (the absolute BOMB) diagnosed the issue w the SRS as being a seat belt issue. About the time the light came on I started having a problem getting the belt to stay clipped. Cleaned it out w brief shots of canned air, cked for obstructions, still an issue. The absolute worst when the temps drop below 60F. Now the issue is getting the dealership to replace the seat belt in one day and not give me a run around on the replacement. Yes, Honda makes, overall, a great product but their customer service inhales deeply. Why do I have make the suggestion that "it would be terrible if I were to become injured in a car accident due to the seat belt failing" to get some action??? Do the right thing and fix i!!!

- , Hampton, VA, USA

problem #21

Jun 132009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles

Just purchased this car used from private party two weeks ago. Three days ago the light came on and won't go off. Contacted original owner who said it had done that about a year ago and he took it to Honda who diagnosed it to no avail, said it was "just an annoyance but nothing to worry about" and they reset the light. charged him $95.00

So now I google this and find this site and all these complaints and I am irate at honda. I have always loved hondas but this seems to be a serious issue here. I mean come on, it has to do with life and death! Calling honda on monday to see what they say. will report back.

- , Glendale, CA, USA

problem #20

May 122009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


My SRS light started staying on longer than normal and then this past Tuesday it came on and stayed on. I took it to the Honda Dealership the car was purchased from and they ran a diagnostic on the car (for $69.95) and said that the problem is with the seat belt and that a part will have to be replaced. Good news is that the seat belt is covered under a lifetime warranty...... I can only hope that this will fix the problem and it won't keep coming on. I am a single mother and can't afford to drop a lot of money into my car, which is why I went with a Honda, I sure hope this isn't opening a can of worms.

A girl I work with who has the same year make and model car as I do is going through the same thing.

Something should be done, so many people with the same problem, has Honda missed something here? They should recall the cars and fix them for free, I should have to pay $70 for something like this, Honda should eat the cost.

- , Cordova, TN, USA

problem #19

Mar 152009

Civic EX Coup

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,500 miles

Similar problem to others. SRS light went on and hasn't turned off. No recent problems that I'm aware of that could have caused it. Although vehicle was maintained a few weeks before hand, so might be a loose sensor cable that got bumped. Agree with others that a Honda isn't as reliable or as cheap to maintain as its reputation.

Update from May 21, 2009: When I took it to my local Honda dealer they estimated $79.95 for the diagnostics test. When they completed the diagnostics it turned out to be the seatbelt tensioner issue that many people have been complaining about. The warranty covered the repair and they also waived the diagnostics charge. I'm glad that it is fixed, but they should really consider a recall. It is a safety issue that shouldn't get overlooked.

- , Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 212009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

when the SRS light came on ans went to have fixed told to just check out was 90.00 told them NO

CAME HOME AND FOUND A LETTER FROM HONDA DATED WINTER 2006-2007 FOR A warranty extension for 10 years and 150,000 miles. that covers the main components of the system and the control unit the sensor . this letter also states that the inspection if FREE OF CHARGE. AND IF THE CAR IS WITHIN THE WARRANTY PERIOD THAT THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE CONTROL UNIT OF SENSOR FREE OF CHARGE it also says that the other components of the opds and srs are covered by cars normal warranty

- , Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 062008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles

SRS light will light up for no apparent reason. then it turns off some time later. repeat this cycle with no apparent pattern. I'm not even going to bother having it checked out. Otherwise its been a great car. I plan to keep it to 250k-300k miles.

- , Adrian, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 042008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,050 miles


this problem was not covered under extended warranty. $70 to diagnoses the problem.

the light should not be on.

- , Pickering, ON, Canada

problem #15

Jan 072009

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I bought my used honda in 2005 and the SRS first came on in January 2006, got it fixed and then it came up again in 2008(apparently for no reason, I mean just got into the car, put on my seat belt the srs light didn't go off and has stayed on. I took it to the people who fixed it the first time and they wanted to charge me 90 bucks for diagnostics. I think Honda needs to check on this issue and evaluate it from their end!!!!!

- , Plano, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 022008

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Ok, after reading some of the complaints i am starting to get worried. My SRS light has just come on and was getting ready to take this to a dealer to get fixed. I believe Honda should take care of this completely since this sounds to be a problem with the civics.

- , Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 072006

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

After owning a 95 Honda civic lx, thought Honda would make great cars. i think i am wrong now, after this 2002 civix ex, the SRS light stay on, and is not under the warranty. I failed the state inspection because the light stays on. and right now, i have to spend more than $500 to get it fix. since the SRS is part of the air bag system, honda should recall all the cars they made that have problems. and their loyal customers should not have to pay a price for the problems they created which cause safety hazard.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

problem #12

Oct 082007

Civic SI 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,875 miles

2002 Honda Civic Si. Bought it brand new from the dealership. SRS light stays on at around 70,000km. Too expensive to fix at the dealers. Other Mechanics have no clue how I can fix this without it costing an arm and a leg. I'm lost, wanna sell the car but can't because no one wants a car with this problem. Thought I made a good investment because Honda are suppose to be well known for it's dependability and reliability. Had a previous civics before, one was a '95 LX and the other was an '86 before this one and it had never let me down.

I now officially lost my faith with Honda. "You hear me people from Honda. I hope you'll read this and that you'll do something to regain the loyalty and trust of your value costumers." grrrrrrrr......................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #11

Aug 272008

Civic EX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

If seat belts have a lifetime warranty, then air bags should fall into the same category. Honda should fix these at no cost to the customer. I am not going to be buying any Hondas in the future.

- , Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 312007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,904 miles

SRS light stayed lite. Cost $60.00 for Honda to diagnose the problem...a defective driver's seat buckle. The local dealership I was dealing with said it would cost $275.00 + taxes to fix....Went to a different dealership (1 hour away) and they went to bat for me. Even though it was out of warranty, the dealership went to Honda Canada regarding this issue and was able to get the repair covered as a good will gesture. Reason give: because of my excellent service history.... It is definitely worth talking to Honda Canada if you have this issue to see if they can do anything. At minimum the problem will be recorded.....Hopefully enough complaints are made that Honda Canada extends the warranty or does a recall....Good luck.

- , Victoria, BC, Canada

problem #9

May 022008

Civic 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,324 miles

Its a shame we have had the car since new and it has left a sour taste. I found out that this SRS light is a problem with this year model and I have contacted Honda. If they are contacted by enough people with the VIN #'s they will recall and save us all from $300-$800 and the aggravation.

- , Madison, TN, USA

problem #8

May 162007

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles

This problem first came up when the car had less than 30,000 miles but was no longer under warranty because it was over three years old. I was reduced to having a fit before the Honda service people finally fixed it for free. They give you a song and dance about how they have to call Honda Central to negotiate non-warranty complaints and how they can't negotiate prices, yada yada. Now it's less than 10,000 miles later and the light is on again. Now I'm told that it's something having to do with the seat belt (which, because I'm short, never retracts properly-- a design flaw) and the weight sensor in the seat for the air bag system.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 232007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

2002 Honda Civic, 32000 mi. SRS light stays on > Dealership made me wait 2 hrs and charged me $85 to run the diagnostic. Told me it was a code 7-2 and would cost $568 to install a new one! I found out that you can get them re-programmed for around $100... anybody had any experience with having them re-programmed? Is it safe to do it that way? Help!

- , Athens, OH, USA

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