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: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,546 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.

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 222015


  • 212,898 miles


Seat failure - rear ended by Honda Accord at approx. 40 mph while stopped on a 2-lane state highway to turn left. Foot off brake. Propelled forward about 3 car lengths. Massive failure of second row seat backs. Second row seat backs broke and reclined against 3rd row seats. Had there been passengers in the 3rd row, they would likely have sustained serious injuries. Front passenger seat twisted left. Other vehicle (Honda Accord) had front driver-side airbag deployed and driver-side side air curtains deployed.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 282014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the drivers side seat abnormally moved forward and in reverse. In addition, the seat detached from the mount when the contact entered the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 112007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 41,923 miles
The transmission was slipped in 2007. It was brought to Acura dealer for checkup and was informed nothing can be reproduced. Since then the issue has been on and off. The transmission was slipped again between 2nd and 3rd geared and cel(check engine light) was on Nov 17 2011. The vehicle seems stuck in the neutral for few seconds on the highway and it was lucky there are not accident. The vehicle was brought to Honda/Acura dealer again for diagnoses and no issue was able to be reproduced.. call up american Honda service hotline, I was told it was beyond 3years/36000 warranty and nothing can be done.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 102010


  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While stopped at a stop sign, the contact stated that the driver's seat abnormally moved backward while attempting to reach in the back seat. She attempted to return the seat back to normal position but to no avail. The contact was unable to use her safety belt when driving because the seat was unable to be readjusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000 and the current mileage was 144,200.

- South St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 172003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with the SRS indicator light coming on and remaining on. Have had car into dealer 3 times in one month. The SRS control unit was replaced during the 1st visit. On the 2nd visit we were passed off and told that we should not put items on the seat. On the 3rd visit we are told that 3 items must be replaced 1) SRS control unit 2) opds and 3) passenger seat sensor. When we purchased the car, we purchased an extended warranty. We are now being told that the first item (SRS control unit) is covered under warranty but the other 2 items are not. This is unacceptable. The dealer is now saying that they will "do us a favor" and pay for the parts but we must pay labor.(hundreds of dollars) how can one part in a mechanism be covered but not the other 2. this is a key component in the car. This is a real safety concern. Once the indicator comes on, we must take the car immmediately to the dealer or we risk serious injury (or death) if we are in a accident. I do about 3 hours of driving per day so this is not acceptable. We are being told that we cannot put items on the seat like a cell phone. This is ridiculous. Who ever heard of not being able to have a cell phone near by. (which by the way there was no cell phone on the seat in any of the incidences) this is clearly a defect with this car that Honda needs to address.

- Coopersburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 242002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
My wife was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet hd 3/4 ton truck. The Honda's rear crush zone operated as designed. What concerns me is that her driver's front seat was broken during the collision.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 012001


  • miles
Third row buckets seats are bolted to floor. As a result, consumer's infant was flipped forward. Dealer has been contacted.

- Arlington, MA, USA

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