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:
33 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
30 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,783 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 6 of 7)

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problem #39

Nov 052008


  • 100,000 miles


2002 Honda Civic LX with si front seats. Previous owner had seats changed out and reports that SRS light came on two weeks ago. Light was reset. I purchased car for my son a week ago and now the light is back on again. From what I have read, I have no faith that it can be fixed. My VIN number is outside the range of the Honda export service bulletin 02-904 where it states the opds system was faulty. I am concerned that this is not a safe vehicle for my children to be driving/riding in. I will be taking it to a dealer, but I am sure the results will be expensive and no better than anybody else's repairs that have failed repeatedly. Honda needs to determine why so many systems are failing and perform proper repairs that leave a working airbag system.

- Barboursville, VA, USA

problem #38

Jan 152008


  • 70,000 miles
The SRS airbag light came on out of the blue and is on since then. I tried to contact Honda about this problem but did not get any answers. I took the car to a Honda dealer and the mechanic told me this is a common problem with this 2002 models, and that he's seen a lot of cars coming to the dealer with this problem. He told me he could change some kind of cable that might make the light turn off, but it's not 100% guaranteed. I want Honda to make a recall about this because that's a safety issue!

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #37

Jun 122008


  • 65,100 miles
SRS light came on today for no reason. Car has never been in an accident. In doing research noticed that this seems to be a common problem. It appears that Honda is ignoring the problem and stating that air bags are not a safety issue (why are they mandated by law then?). responses from other owners reveal that this costly repair may not fix the problem (estimates from $300-$1,000 or more). I can pay to have this problem fixed, however I don't want to continually have to repair the same problem. How many of these complaints must be filed before NHTSA acts" does it require actual death of an owner because of a failed airbag to cause action to take place" I've read complaints here that date back to 2002.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #36

Sep 072007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Airbags failed to deploy. 2 impact car collission. Problem with air bag light coming on about a year ago. Took it to a dealer and said that they had fixed the problem.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #35

Feb 162007


  • 50,000 miles
I drive a 2002 Honda Civic ex. Around 50,000 miles my SRS light came on. I first went to the dealer on 10/6/06 where they did a scan on my car and was told it was a unit failure and I would have to replace my SRS unit ($530.09). I was unable to afford the repair, so I had to take the risk and drive around (average 60 miles a day for commute) with no air bags to save my life in an accident. I was told to call the american Honda company to see if they would cover the cost. They told me airbags are not an important safety feature, they are more of a bonus. They said if it was my seat belt they would help me, but they do not feel air bags are important enough to fix. They also said they don't really save lives. Soon after my driver side seat belt was not clicking in place, and I again took my car to Honda on 2/16/07. They thought that might fix my SRS light also. But it remained on after they replaced my drivers side seat belt. Again, they did a scan and said I need to replace my SRS system. I am very frustrated at the lack of concern Honda has for their customers. They are not interested in saving lives....only saving money!!

- Mayfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #34

Jan 262007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2002 Honda Civic - 52,000 miles. SRS light remains on. Reset by dealer one year ago and is now back on. Dealer now cannot reset light and wants to replace the SRS control unit for $550 us. I have received the opds warranty extension - dealer says it is not the problem. I suggest that all components of the SRS system receive the extended warranty coverage. I no longer trust the SRS system at all. Please force Honda to fix.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #33

Jan 182007


  • 68,775 miles


Merging on to a freeway, hit black ice, losing control of the car. I came to rest two lanes over and was broadsided by a fully loaded semi tractor trailer. No airbags deployed though the car was totaled.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #32

Oct 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The SRS light on my dashboard will not turn off so now my airbags won't work through no fault of my own. I was told that cell phone use may have caused the malfunction. What can I do to fix this? I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars to replace this unit and don't feel I should have to.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #31

Sep 102006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I'm the owner of a 2002 Honda Civic that experienced an unexpected airbag deployment. The car was not involved in an accident yet the passenger side airbag (only the passenger side) deployed while a was pulling into my driveway. This could have caused a serious accident if I had been on the highway when the bag deployed. Since the car was not involved in an accident my insurance company will not cover the claim. The regional representative at Honda refused to cover the repair because the car is beyond warranty and they had never seen the problem before. I believe there is a serious safety issue here that is not being addressed by Honda; ie... if they agree to cover the cost of the repair they will be agreeing that the bag sensor was faulty.

- Itasca, IL, USA

problem #30

Oct 112006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,125 miles
2002 Honda Civic LX-my SRS light turned on. I have read on several forums that many others have had the same problem. I am told by my mechanic that neither the airbags nor the seat belts are functional until this is fixed.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #29

Mar 012006


  • miles


I own a Honda Civic 2002 model. At around 50,000 miles, the SRS light came on and it stays on. I was told that my airbags will not deploy in this condition.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #28

Jul 202006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 129,000 miles
SRS light came on while just driving down the road. No crash, no incidents. Now, I have no airbag protection.

- Croton, OH, USA

problem #27

Aug 192005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Air bag computer not working making air bags non functional.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #26

Jul 122006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 86,700 miles
SRS light came on dash for no apparent reason ( crash, body work). No diagnostic trouble codes found. While SRS light remains on, airbags are inactive. Consequences in an accident would lead to massive trauma to occupants as no airbags would deploy. Dealer contacted and unwilling to help with safety issue. Apparently this is a known safety problem. (NHTSA #10001811).

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #25

May 212006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I purchased a used 2002 Honda Civic ex in may of 2006 and the day I got it home, the SRS light came on. I took it to the dealer 3 times now each time being charged almost $100 to read and clear the code. They're now telling me it will be a very costly repair. From what I can tell countless Honda owners have had similar problems with the SRS light coming on for no reason.

- Narberth, PA, USA

problem #24

Sep 222005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was in an accident with minor damage. My SRS light stays on now resulting in a failed smog.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 022006

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
SRS light came on about a month ago. I read in the manual to take it to the dealership to check. It costs $80-$90 just to have them to check it even it is nothing wrong. After I decided to have the dealership to check it, I couldn't get it done on a sat because only maintenance tech's work on sat and I couldn't make an appt B/C there is not one close enough to my home or job where I could leave the car while I work and have appropriate transportation to my destination. After reading several complaints, I'm convinced that it does not matter if the problem is looked at or fixed it will recur again and there is no guarantee that the airbags will deploy. My first real problem with Honda and this is my 3rd Honda.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 102005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Civic ex. My car's SRS light stays lit all the time whenever I drive the car.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #21

Mar 062006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,800 miles
The SRS airbag light has come on in my 2002 Honda Civic. With this light being on the airbags will not deploy causing a major safety risk.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #20

Aug 022002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
With no vehicle accident of any sort, the SRS light came on my 2002 Honda Civic LX, which at that time was out of warranty. We have been driving since that time with possibly no SRS capability in this vehicle. American Honda is aware of flaws in their SRS system, and the Civic is not the only vehicle with these issues (I.e.: Accord, Pilot, Odyssey). Apparently Honda would be pleased as punch for an owner to pay $90+ for a diagnosis, then $800 to $1,000+ to have various SRS components replaced. I find this highly unacceptable to have to go through this on a $16,000 vehicle. I seriously question whether the airbags will deploy even if the SRS light was off. I have read of several instances where frontal impacts resulted in non-deployment of the SRS airbags.

- Willows, CA, USA

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