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:
30 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
25 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,300 miles

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2002 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #76

Oct 022012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 172,000 miles


I was proceeding to make a left turn after stopping and looking at an all-way stop. A Ford truck coming the opposite direction ran the stop and crashed into my car in the right-front. The airbags deployed and I was stunned by the impact. My left ear and face were severely lacerated by fragments of the airbag inflator (which were found and photo-documented), resulting in 29 stitches and permanent scaring. Shortly after the accident, Honda sent me a recall notice regarding the airbag inflator: This was the first time I was made aware of the fact that the airbag inflator was known to produce shrapnel and had caused fatalities. Despite having owned the car since 2003 and having it serviced at dealerships several times over the years, I had not received any prior information regarding the lethal airbag defect. Honda has been irresponsible and apathetic regarding my situation and the problem in general. I could have easily been injured worse or killed by the fragments, yet the company seems to not take the problem seriously. I will absolutely never own another Honda, will forbid my family and loved ones from owning a Honda.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #75

Jan 032013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Civic LX. Consumer writes in regards to problem with low beam lights recall notice. The consumer stated his complaint, was with the extent of the recall by Honda. The left side low beam had already been replaced earlier in the year. When he inspected the light, the end socket which attached to the light bulb had melted on the low beam side. He cleaned the melted plastic from the inside of the freely swinging low beam terminal and from around the ground terminal and re-attached the socket. The low beam worked again. The consumer then checked on buying a replacement socket from Honda, but he discovered Honda only offered the entire wiring harness. The consumer was hoping, the recall addressed the socket, but he stated the main problem was at another connection. Also, the air bag light illuminated at the beginning of the year. A recall had been issued for the air bag and the consumer had the procedure done on 03/15/12. The air light went off for about a week, and then came back on. The maintenance required light also illuminated. The consumer stated it would not turn off, because the knob on the odometer had bad contacts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #74

Oct 012010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
My SRS light came on and continued to stay on. I did nothing out of the ordinary. I simply started my car, put the seat belt on and started driving when I noticed the SRS light come on. The Honda dealership inspected the issue and found it was a seat belt buckle switch malfunction. They told me that if the problem is not fixed it could be very dangerous. I was told that in the case of an accident, the seat belt may fail and the airbags will not deploy. I had the issue repaired for $295. After recently looking through old receipts, I found that there was a recall in 2007 for the opds and the SRS light staying on. In that case, the airbags were in danger of not deploying as well if someone was out of position in the seat. It seems to me that there is an issue with Civic's SRS system and the seat belt buckle switch is an ongoing and related issue as well. Seat belts are covered under a lifetime warranty but for some reason the buckle switch is not. In any case, I'm wondering why there hasn't been a recall on the seat belt buckle switch when it is a prevalent problem with this vehicle. Years after I had this issue, I am seeing on the internet that many people are still having the same problem. Something as important as seat belts and airbags failing in this vehicle during an accident should have been recalled immediately.

- Butler, NJ, USA

problem #73

Apr 012012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic ex. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 09V259000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module) and took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer advised that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and did not service the vehicle. Immediately after leaving the dealer, the SRS warning light illuminated. The contact called the dealer and scheduled an appointment for the following day. The dealer performed the remedy per the recall. Two days later, the SRS warning light illuminated again. The dealer was contacted and advised her that there was nothing further to be done to the vehicle under the recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 151,000.

- Clayton, CA, USA

problem #72

Feb 072012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I bought this car from a used car dealer. The horn works intermittently about 10% of the time. I was nearly run off the road on several occasions since then because I could not honk at people drifting into my lane. I have spent over $300 investigating this issue and replacing parts that I was told were the culprit. I do not know where else to turn. This is a serious safety issue, and it should be a recall with all Honda/Acura since they all use the same assembly.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #71

Sep 072011


  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the air bag warning lights illuminated continuously and could not be turned off. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V260000: (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer at least three times who replaced several faulty components but the air bag light continued to illuminate. The dealer advised that they could not find the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 210,000 and the current mileage was 227,000.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #70

Jun 252012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


My SRS light continues to illuminate, even after resetting it. It seems as if latching and/or unlatching the seat belt triggers the light. However, I'm apprehensive to pay a labor rate of $107/hour for the dealer to follow their "flowchart" to possibly find the issue. I am worried with the SRS light illuminated that the airbags will not deploy in a front collision and believe Honda should recall all vehicles of my type to have airbags and seat belts sensors checked free of charge. I have seen a few bulletins/recalls for 2002 Civics, but not for the 2002 Civic si, which is the model I own.

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #69

Apr 032012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving uphill at 40 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle exiting a residential driveway. The passenger side airbag deployed without the passenger seat being occupied and the driver side airbag failed to deploy. There were no injuries to the contact and the vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a towing garage and was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Stockdell, PA, USA

problem #68

Mar 092012


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS air bag warning light was illuminated. After receiving notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V041000 (air bags) the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. One week later, the contact noticed that the SRS light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they advised her that the recall was already performed and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 102,000. Updated 04/10/12 updated 04/23/12.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #67

Jan 132012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle crashed into another vehicle and the driver's side air bag did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the mouth, hands, feet and chest as a result of the crash. The police were notified and a police report was available. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact stated a recall notice was received after the crash under NHTSA campaign id number 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Spruce Pine, NC, USA

problem #66

Jan 272012


  • 161,850 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic ex. The contact was driving 45 mph when the vehicle lost control while driving over ice and crashed into some rocks. The airbags failed to deploy. The contact was no injured. The vehicle was not taken the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 161,850. And the current mileage was 161,866.

- Fair Haven, VT, USA

problem #65

Dec 272011


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 40 mph when the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the although the passenger was restrained in a seat belt, the passenger struck the dashboard abruptly and suffered injuries to the chest. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact called the manufacturer and the manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for investigation. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #64

Jul 222011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2002 Honda Civic - LX 2-dr coupe. Approx. 166606 miles. For the last 2 weeks a SRS stays lit in red. Periodically, the light would come on if I had a heavy pocketbook in the passenger seat. I contacted the dealership via their online inquiry and voicemail. No one responds or returns my calls to the service manager. My question to joyce Honda svc. Mgr. Was do I need to make an appointment as I understand from the manual this is a lifetime warranty of the same owner vehicle.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #63

Sep 012010


  • 91,836 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the control unit was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 91,836. Updated 07/08/11 updated 3/1/12

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #62

May 052011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated the SRS warning light was illuminating on the instrument panel for approximately four days. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #61

Feb 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS unit for the air bags failed which could cause the air bag to deploy independently, with or without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed her that the SRS unit would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 183,000. Updated 03/15/11 the consumer stated the SRS will not send a message for the air bag to deploy, should there be an accident. Updated 04/28/11

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #60

Jul 302010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
SRS unit internal failure - will likely prevent airbag deployment in an accident. SRS light constantly on. Dealer diagnostics report SRS unit internal failure.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #59

Jun 232010


  • 66,000 miles
SRS light is on. Dealer said to run scan will charge $140 dollars. Took car in for scan and shows 07-2 internal failure of SRS unit. Advise air bags won't deploy if I get in a car accident. Search internet and noticed number of people have the same issue, with same model and year.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #58

Jul 152010


  • 78,420 miles
My SRS light, the sensor that checks my airbag system, has come on in my car and it won't go off. This is the second time that it has come on, the first time that it came on was around August 2005. The dealership fixed it at no cost. I don't understand why this light would keep coming on and they can't give me a specific reason why the light has come on again.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #57

Jul 302010


  • 86,061 miles
SRS light came on without any reason... dealership assures that no recalls have been issued on my make/model of car... however acknowledged that is common scenario for my make/model year... while SRS light is lit up indicates problem with seatbelts and/or airbags, the issue with seatbelts is that they will not engage/lock when brakes are slammed on and airbags will not deploy while SRS light remains lit up... Honda charges $90 to hookup to diagnostic system to determine if seatbelts or airbags, seatbelts are covered under lifetime guarantee and airbags are not... if it is a known issue as apparently it is while viewing complaints on both and Honda forums the diagnostic fee should be waived as well as recall be issued to repair any and all issues with SRS, isn't important to ensure safety and save lives....

- Florence, KY, USA

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