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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,995 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 Odyssey seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 312005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,780 miles


At 42K miles the SRS light illuminated, dealer reset and said no code was activated. 1 week later SRS light is back on and dealer says dtc code is 7-2 (control unit failure) and it will be $350 to replace. My concern is that this does not seem to be an uncommon event in recent Honda products and I think that Honda should cover this under extended warranty as this is certainly a safety related item.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #10

Jun 122005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Upon purchasing, the vehicle owner noticed that the air bag light was on, and the dealer said don't worry they will fix it. They repaired it about a week after purchase. The dealership replaced the SRS control unit, cleared the code, and the SRS light went out. The. Owner had to pay for this repair. The owner noticed a recall on the 2005 model, but the owner didn't have the recall number, but the recall dealt with the same problem. The owner stated there were lots of complaints about air bags on NHTSA web site.

- Carrollton, MO, USA

problem #9

Jun 012005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states the airbag light keeps coming on. The airbag sensor has been replaced twice. The service dealer stated when the airbag light illuminated the airbag became inoperable. The consumer discovered the problem was with the seat belt system.

- Port Matilda, PA, USA

problem #8

May 152005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Shortly after 3 years since the purchase of a new Honda Odyssey ex-L, the SRS indicator was turned on all the time. We brought the minivan to the dealer in fremont and the dealer said there are two common causes (after spending $130 investigation fee): Defect in the SRS control module that controls whether the airbags shall be released in case of an accident, or low battery output. Following the recommendation from the dealer we have the batter replaced ($85). The dealer then reset the SRS indicator. Within a week the SRS indication is now on again all the time. We brought the minivan back to the dealer and they asked us to have the SRS module replaced for additional ~$500. Honda provides lifetime warrantee on safety belt, but not the SRS system that controls the airbag. We bought this minivan brand new and it has never been involved in any accident. We have 2 young children so safety was our primary reason to buy the honday Odyssey - well now it seems the SRS/airbag of this minivan is really troublesome. It seems this SRS module problem is common for late honday Accord and Odyssey from the user group discussion - while this is a serious safety feature, Honda refuses to provide the extended warrantee as the case for safety belt. My 3-yr old Odyssey is back to the dealer again today for this SRS thing.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 102003


  • 14,752 miles
Vehicle has been to dealership on Sept. 10, 2003// Oct. 2, 2003// Nov. 3, 2003// and July 26, 2004 with complaint about SRS light coming on and staying on. Dealer has indicated everything from electrical interference to purse setting it off on passenger seat. Replaced opds unit on Nov. 3, 2003 visit. However problem is not fixed and as of today--Sept. 21, 2004 light is back on. Originally dealer stated unsure if airbag is operational during time light is on. Internet discussions seem to indicate airbag is dysfunctional during time light is on...which totally voids purpose of safety in an accident! very frustrated and now even more scared of severe injury or death in an accident! please make Honda address and fix this issue--when I read all of the other vehicles which also are reporting SRS failures, it is obvious there is a severe liability that exists. I don't want to be--nor do I want my children to be--unfortunate statistics that ultimately cause Honda to take notice!!!!

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 062004


  • 24,000 miles
The air bag light stayed on, the consumer was concerned that the air bags will not deploy in an accident. The dealer stated cell phone interference disabled the air bag sensor. Please provide additional information.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 222004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


SRS light on Honda Odyssey has been set off several times (and replaced only to fail again). Failure code 15-3 (sensor interference from an electrical appliance) shows up when diagnostics are performed.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #4

Feb 202004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
SRS sensor light stays on which causes air bags to be inoperative. Dealer reset module and light came back on after 2 days. Dealer states module is bad. Vechicle has 47000 mles. Internet search shows this is a wide spread problem. Airbag safety system is inoperateable.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 142003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,266 miles
Air bag sensor light stayed on. The consumer is concerned that air bag will not deploy upon impact. The air bag light was intermittent, stayed on, and eventually on full-time. The light was reset five times and the sensor was replaced two times.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003


  • miles
While driving at any speed air bag sensor light would come on intermittently.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 092003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,148 miles
Supplemental restraint system, is not operating properly. I perceive this as a safety issue.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

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