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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
32 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
29 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,216 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.

2002 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #18

Sep 292005

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

My daughter drives a 2002 Honda Civic LX. Approximately 18 months ago, the SRS warning light came on and she took it to a Honda dealer. The dealer determined that there was no failure, and turned off the warning light (<$100 charge). Today, the light came on again, and this time the dealer (a different dealer) indicated that the opds unit needed to be replaced at a cost of $300, which was not covered by the extended warranty on the car. I searched the web and found that this is a very common occurrance, and that the airbags are disabled when the SRS light is on. Also, in many cases, the replacement of the opds will only fix the problem for a few months, and then the cycle is repeated. Multiple related technical service bulletins have been developed. The apparent frequency of this failure and the potential consequences, since the air bags are disabled, warrant a NHTSA investigation and possible recall by Honda.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #17

Aug 242005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The SRS (safety restraint system) light on my 2002 Honda Civic is on again. The car only has about 55000 miles on it, and this is the third time I have had this problem.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #16

May 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Honda Civic ex, SRS light stays on.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 232002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 97,000 miles

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

SRS light stays on for no indentifiable reason. Took it to local Honda dealer, and he charged for diagnostics, and said they could not determine why it was on. He thought that it was probably the SRS computer unit itself that was the cause. The safety implication is that the air bags will not work when the light is on. The SRS unit will be replaced, costing around $600 for parts and labor.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 022004

Civic

  • miles
I am reporting a dangerous problem in 2002 Honda odeysseys. It relates to the SRS system. Honda has designed their car with a "ods" sensor device under the front passenger seat. My dashboard SRS light has come on approx 5 or 6 times. The dealer tells me that no electrical device can be placed on the front passnger seat...this includes cell phones, radios, laptops. They all could trigger the the sensor inoperable....making the airbags non-functional. How can a car be designed with such a defect. Any passenger with a cell phone in their pocket can set this off. I have written Honda Motors and they say...see the dealer. This should be investigated and Honda must issue a recall and a fix for this. The dealer tells me its quite common...how many people are are riding around without functional airbags?

- Pleasantville, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 122004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On August 12, 2004, I was hit head on by a vehicle that lost control and crossed from the southbound to northbound lane. I cannot say how fast he hit me, but the impact was slowed by his fist side-swiping the van in front of me. The head on collision was enough however to push my vehicle into the stopped vehicle behind me. None of my 4 airbags deployed. As a result, I slammed my chest into the wheel. I was wearing my seat belt, and I luckily only sustained bruising to the chest, back and neck. At the least, I feel the driver-side airbag should have deployed. The auto repair shop has informed that my sensors were not crushed, and they question whether the airbags should have deployed or not. I am uncomfortable about the possibility of receiving my repaired vehicle back with defective airbags and/or sensors. I will contact my Honda dealer.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 112004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My daughter was in her 2002 Honda Civic sedan LX which was bought for her because of having front, passenger and side air bags she was in a wreck this past Sunday they had to use the jaws of life to get here out of the car and not one air bag went off thankfully she only got a concussion and a couple of cuts and bruises she was very lucky.

- Bolling Green, KY, USA

problem #11

Mar 222004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving about 30 mph and hit head on with another car. I was injured due to the fact that the air bags did not deploy.

- Dunstable, MA, USA

problem #10

Dec 152001

Civic

  • miles
The SRS light is activated and requires a visit to the dealer to re-activate the SRS system if a cell phone is left on the front passenger seat. Per the dealer, the cell phone interferes with the SRS sensors that measure seat vs seatback pressure and tells the system to shut off. Additionally, if a small package is placed on the front seat, the SRS deactivates - which is fine, but it may remain deactivated after the package is removed.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 072003

Civic

  • 25,000 miles
After starting vehicle air bag light illuminated and stayed lit the remainder of the time that vehicle was operated. Consumer took vehicle to dealer five times, but problem was not resolved. Dealer told consumer if problem happened again they would unplug the air bags.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #8

Jan 072003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,350 miles

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

SRS indicator light came on and remained on. Took it to dealership to fix problem, problem remained fixed for about 7 days then recurred. Took it back to dealership repair lasted for about 1 month then recurred. Again took it to dealership and repair lasted only a few hours. Called Honda company and was told that there were no recalls but to take it back to dealership and if it recurred to again call company to file complaint. On 4th visit dealership got information from company and repaired in a different manner, this occurred 5/03. Have not had problem since, however have read numerous complaints that airbags have not deployed in accidents with this vehicle, which is a cause of great concern since this vehicle is driven by my daughter to college. We did have a minor collision at 7 mph in 2/02 and the airbags did not deploy, however I just assumed it was because of the low rate of speed but now I am concerned that they may possibly be defective.

- Rhome, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 072003

Civic

  • miles
When using the lighter plug vehicle's SRS sensor light stays on. Dealer notified.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 052002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Traveling about 35-40 mph on highway ramp, hit brakes to enter curve, felt traction slipping, car loss control & slid all over road. Hit side concrete barrier at about 20-25 mph, air bags did not deploy, my husband smashed the windshield with his head and got a concussion. Road was wet but had no standing water, outside temp mid to upper 40's. this appears unexplainable based on conditions- we feel there must have been a mechanical failure, otherwise something wasn't designed properly. No car, especially with anti-lock brakes, should've reacted this way under the circumstances. We have no confidence in the vehicle and plan to get rid of it immediately. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****769310

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 312003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident and the none of the air bags deployed.

- Courtland, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 312003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was hit head on by a Dodge durango, who ran a red light. I hit my head on the steering wheel the shoulder seat belt saved me because the airbag didn't inflate on impact even though sensor is visibly showing in the damage, that may be considered a total loss. Thank you very much, glenn schweickert.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 202002

Civic

  • 12,154 miles
While driving at 72.6 mph, the consumer lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle had turned in a 90 degree angle, hit the gaurd rail head on, struck by two other vehicle's, an 18 wheeler, and none of the airbags deployed. The dealer has been notified. Ts scc

- Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 082002

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states: While driving at the speed of 55mph was involved in a frontal collision neither air bag deployed. Dealer has been notified. If you have any additional information feel free to add.

- Taurton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light appears on the dashboard panel. Also, the passenger's side seat had broken while traveling on the highway. Dealership is aware of the problem. The consumer states that the passenger side seat slips, the seat belt on the drivers side will not retract and when its not in use it catches in the door, the speed controls main switch lamp had gone out.

- Springfield, OH, USA

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