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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,338 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.

2004 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 272011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Honda Civic 2004 drivers airbag failed to deploy, passengers side deployed, extensive damage to front drivers side of car.

- Harbeson, DE, USA

problem #13

Jul 232010


  • 100,578 miles
This involved a 3 car crash on the highway. The Civic was the last car to try to stop. The car did not have time to stop and since there was a concrete barrier on one side and traffic in other lanes, the car rear-ended the car in front of it. There was extensive damage to the front of the vehicle. The passenger side air bag deployed by the driver's side airbag did not. The driver experienced a great deal of chest pain.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 302009


  • 82,152 miles
Dashboard seatbelt restraint light came on 9 months into ownership of a used 2004 Honda Civic sedan - took in for state inspection but will not pass state inspection without repair. I was informed it is the driver seatbelt switch that needs repair, cost $260.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 152009


  • miles


Vehicle was involved in a collision (at a speed of 35-40 mph) that resulted in the car being "totaled" due to the fact that the front end, front bumper, side panels were crushed and the frame of the car was bent. Eventhough the air bag sensors in the front were "hit", no air bags were deployed. As a result, driver suffered severe whiplash and injured ankle.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 092008


  • miles
Airbag did not deploy in collision on a road with wintry road conditions and an in-experienced driver. I was the only person in the car, the driver airbag did not deploy but the passenger airbag did.

- Hartland, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 142006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
: the contact stated, while driving at 35 mph., a police vehicle enter from a side road, causing a collision. The impact was on the right front side of the vehicle. Both front air bags failed to deploy, allowing the contact to impact the steering wheel resulting in minor head injuries. The passenger sustained whiplash injuries. Both occupants were wearing seat belts. A police report was filed and photographs were taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #8

Jan 112006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles


Driver air bag did not deploy in front end collision with serve damage to car including moving the engine, replacement of the radiator, fan housing, ft bumper and hood. Speed approx. 35 mph. Several complaints have been made to Honda in regard to the air bag light. Honda dealer even assured the owner one week prior to accident that air bag was functioning.

- Mountain Home, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
Front end collision, significant damage to car, smoking and fire truck at scene. Driver taken out on backboard with neck brace in place by ems personnel and taken to the emergency room. No air-bags deployed. Report filed with Honda. Currently, investigation taking place to see why air-bags didn't work.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 122005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated the airbag deployed while driving at about 5-7 mph. Consumer was attempting to park the vehicle and had not hit anything, no curve or debris in the road or no potholes. Consumner went to turn into the parking space and the air bags deployed and the consumer crashed into a wall. Driver sustained burns to the arm from the force of the air bag. Was treated by the emergency crew on site of the accident. The vehicle sustained $10,000 worth of damage. Consumer having the vehicle repaired. There was a police report.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The drivers side air bag did not deploy when the consumer had a head on collision. The consumer was going 35 mph and was hit head on. This happened without warning. The driver had minor injuries. The dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted yet. A police report was filed.

- London, 00, USA

problem #4

Jan 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 30 mph both frontal air bags inadvertently deployed. This caused the driver to sustain minor injuries, and was transported to a hospital. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause had not been determined at this time.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 242005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 40 mph when a car suddenly pulled right in front of her out of a gas station. The consumer then applied brakes but the vehicle did not stop in time. The consumer rear ended the vehicle. The consumers air bags did not deploy at all. The cause of why it did not deploy was undetermined.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was involved in an accident, the driver side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger air bag deployed and the seat broke from the base.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 112003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,969 miles
While driving 65M ph in 3rd lane of a 4 lane highway. Tapped brakes to reduce speed slightly, both wheels on right side of car locked up, sending car into a fish tail through both lanes on either side of the car, spun and hit the center guard rail of the highway facing back up the direction I came from. Side and front air bags did not deploy on passengar side where the most serve impact occurred. The accident caused $13,000 of damage including severe frame damage. Honda refused to inspect the brakes after the accident, instead claimed that the brake damage was caused by the accident, not the cause of the accident. Talking privately with a Honda certified mechanic, I was able to get the error codes on the computer: Inlet cylinoid failure (31.1 & 35.1) & passenger side front air bag censor failure (9.9.7). Honda refused to do anything about this, and I sold the car as I felt unsafe driving it. The car was still on warranty.

- Andover, MA, USA

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