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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,855 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

May 042007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,500 miles


Own 2003 Honda Civic ex bought new in November 2002 from dch Honda of oxnard, ca. Three weeks ago took car there for SRS indicator being lit constantly while vehicle was in operation. At time of service, light had been lit constantly for one week- never cleared. At subject dealership, was told after vehicle brought into service area, light not lit. Found "no codes stored at this time." Don't know SRS circuitry design-unsure if SRS indicator latches upon failure and can only be cleared by some process. If latches, feel it reasonable assumption that it could have been cleared by service tech's. presume no detailed diagnostics performed, as was not charged typical $95 for that service, per other dealership inquiry. Will not return to dch Honda as received substandard customer service and dch auto group not answered inquiries concerning NHTSA action number PE05043 (or other action) applicability for no-cost fix. Read on internet several Honda/Acura owners have had light come on and some have been subject to cascading repair costs (easter-egg troubleshooting) if no codes uncovered. Have heard that battery drain might be culprit, although have no problem cranking vehicle and have less than 40K miles. Appreciate knowing if NHTSA action exists to have fixed w/O cascading repair approach. Noticed yellow modular connectors under front seats (presume P/O SRS system) exposed and subject to contact w/sliding/rolling floorboard items. Possibly intermittent, no fault code-related light latches or is constant due to intermittent circuit discontinuity from stress to exposed connectors/cabling. Problem still present and need to get it repaired pronto, but can't afford dealership experiments with my only car. Have not had a front-end collision, nor tampering, nor maintenance lapses (have adhered to all preventive service requirements plus more). Appreciate any help you can provide.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 172005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS (air bag) light came one. Honda service dept could not find a problem and reset light. Light came back on 1/2 hour after leaving shop. Service dept said control unit requires replacement. Please see following link for dozens of similar complaints:

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 212005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact stated the airbag warning light came on. The dealership said the entire SRS needed to be to be replaced. Updated 2/13/2006 -

- Harrisville, RI, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Honda Civic experiencing problems with the SRS light illuminating on the dashboard. The SRS light went on, indicating the disengagement of the passenger air bag. The service department told consumer to put nothing on the passenger seat because, for a seat sensor that turns off. The air bag because the car thinks a child sat down. The light cannot be reset by consumer, but requires a service technician to do so.

- Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 282003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,776 miles
My 2003 Civic hybrid was T-boned on the drivers side by a Nissan Altima traveling 30-35mph. The majority of the impact was on the left rear door and midpost between the left front and left rear door. The left front door was crinkled leaving window and door unable to function. Left rear door completely smashed and left rear window broken out. The side air bags did not deploy. I inquired with Honda (local and national) inquiring if the side air bag should have deployed. Both local and national Honda said the deployment of the side air bag depends on the angle of impact, etc. I told them I was concerned if the airbags would function if I had another wreck. They said if side air bags were not functioning, a warning light would be active on the dash. No parts were replaced, etc. When the car was being repaird and was torn down in body shop, I went to the shop and looked at the sensors and their location. They were located at the base (floor level) of the car, midway between the front and rear door. The car is a compact, and naturally sits low anyway. Most car bumpers on impact will hit 1/3 or 1/2 way up the door, especially trucks/SUVS. It seems to me the sensors are too low. Also, I received a laceration on my head. As the car shifted strongly to the right at impact, my head slammed into the support handle that is positioned above the driver's window in the interior. In my call to Honda's national office, I suggested they check the side air bag sensors engineering, and that they remove the interior handle above the driver's window (I've noticed other brands of vehicles don't have them there). Second injury was my wife's neck being sore after the wreck from whiplash. Summary: Two concerns 1) are side air bag sensors working and/or engineered properly, and 2) the support handle that is head- high on the driver's side should be removed.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

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