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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,620 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

problem #5

May 312012

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact received notification of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 11V260000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module) in December 2011. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the air bags were not in need of service and that the serial numbers were not included in the recall campaign. The contact did not receive any other information from the manufacturer in regard to the recall, but was informed that the vehicle was included when the vehicle was taken in for a routine oil change on May 31, 2011. The contact had not received any further notification stating that the vehicle had been added to the recall. The failure mileage was unavailable. Updated 07/06/12 the driver's side seat belt buckle was replaced. Updated 08/08/12

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 142011

Civic 4WD 4-cyl

  • 206,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that after receiving notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module) the contact called the dealer to secure an appointment. The dealer informed the contact that the part needed for repairs was not available and advised the contact not to drive the vehicle until the repairs could be performed. The dealer was unable to provide an estimated time that the part would become available. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 206,000.

- Taylors , SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 102005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact noticed the SRS air bag warning light had illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians stated the SRS air bag control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module) and was repaired. The contact had concerns because the air bags would not function properly even after the recall repairs were performed since the SRS unit was defective. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000. Updated 07/20/11 the dealer informed the consumer, that the SRS control unit needed to be replaced.updated 02/28/12

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 102010


  • 53,100 miles
SRS warning light illuminated on my single-owner 2002 Civic LX coupe at approximately 53,100 miles and has remained lit at current mileage of 53,249 for no apparent reason. After reading numerous complaints regarding faulty airbags, seatbelts, and general SRS system failures, I will attempt to have vehicle serviced at Honda dealership using csc-10024565, as it states "the inspection is free of charge, even if there is not a problem with the opds control unit or the opds sensor and your vehicle is within the extended warranty time/mileage period (10 years/150,000 miles)" which it is. From information gathered from other complaints, evidently when the SRS warning light is illuminated, the airbags will not deploy in the event of a collision. After running my VIN on Honda's recall website,, I discovered my vehicle was not involved in the current airbag inflater recall campaign #Q96, NHTSA #09V259000.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 262007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 Honda Civic si version. The SRS light always light up. I have bought my car back to the Honda dealer to have it service a few times. It was just a temporary fix. The light was off for about 3 weeks and then it came on again. I don't have the money and time to keep brining it back to the mechanic where it will turn back on again after a while. As for now, I am driving as is for a long long while. Is this a recall issue that needs to be fix?

- New York, NY, USA

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