Notes: The 2001 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for Honda Accords & other models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as settlement for a class action lawsuit, but that period is over & owners of Accords with transmission problems are out of luck.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad. Also make sure your 2001 Accord has been checked for the airbag recall: excessive pressure may cause metal fragments during airbag deployment.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
48 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,503 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 12)

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problem #142

May 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 220,000 miles


While operating my vehicle on the highway the driver side air bag deployed striking me in my left arm causing pain and bruising, not to mention a bit of panic. The vehicle was not involved in a collision.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #141

Apr 212012


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V593000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module). The failure and current mileages were 18,000.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #140

Dec 112011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module) however the part needed for the recall repair was unavailable. The technician advised the contact that the part could possibly be available the following week. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced an air bag failure. The VIN was unavailable.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #139

Jan 122012

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


SRS light will not go off.

- La Verkin, UT, USA

problem #138

Mar 052012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I just wonder how long do I get a recall for airbag. I have Honda Accord 2001 for a little over a year. Last time I received a recall was last year; sometime in summer. Recently, SRS light came on, so I wonder how often am I suppose to receive a recall. Thank you.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #137

Jul 112011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the airbag light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V259000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). The dealer was notified, but denied assistance with the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #136

Aug 012011


  • 103,000 miles


Transmission failure to shift into 2nd gear some times. Car taken to dealer on extended warranty and refused maintenance due to age of car.. many Honda's having this problem and need a recall to resolve this issue as it shouldn't happen. Second problem is driver seat belt. Air bags replaced on recall and shortly after the SRS light came on. Dealer says problem not in air bags but driver seat belt module in seat buckle. Seat belt warranty for life of vehicle but Honda says the buckle where switch is not covered. You can not replace switch but must buy the complete seat belt strap and buckle. To me the seat belt buckle-strap is part of the seat belt. Honda warranty says a seat belt that fails to function properly is covered for the useful life of the vehicle. This is a safety problem as with this failure Honda manual says air bags will not fire when SRS light on.

- Tujunga, CA, USA

problem #135

May 052011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the vehicle was involved in a crash in which the front passenger side air bag deployed, but the front drivers side air bag did not deploy. A police report was filed and the contact was medevaced to the hospital to treat injuries. The contact sustained fractured ribs and internal bleeding. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an insurance company lot. The contact also stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V260000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). The manufacturer was notified, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Springhill, FL, USA

problem #134

Apr 302010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 124,196 miles
The SRS air bag light has come on and will not go off. This is the airbag sensor and controls the deployments of airbags. After researching complaints on my vehicle type and year, 85% are related to this airbag light. Even after mandated recall, the problem still persists. How can this be ignored? airbags are a mandatory safety device installed to save lives. Evidently the recall repairs did not resolve the problem. Issue a mandate to fix problem so that the stays off and the airbags deploy!!! also, my instrument panel light does not work, I can't see the instruments at all at night. This was a recall for the 01 LX model Accord but not the 01 ex models. Based on the numerous complaints I found on this website, all 01 Accord should be included in this recall. How can this be ignored. I read through all the 2001 Accord complaints and it sounds to me there will be some serious accidents caused by non deployment of airbags, transmission problems and electrical problems. When trying to correct my airbag light issue, I was told it was too late to resolve the problem. The dashboard light issue will not be addressed by Honda since my VIN is not included in the recall and they say they couldn't replicate the problem. Take it to a dark room turn the car on and guess what, you will replicate the problem. I'm very disappointed in Honda. After reading all these complaints, I am no longer a loyal customer. I willl look to buy a Hyundai, they want the business!

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #133

Jun 012011


  • miles
2001 Honda Accord. Consumer states problem with vehicle the consumers vehicle was hit by another vehicle. When the air bag deployed, it broke loose and particles of metal hit the consumer in his face and also caused a stab wound which penetrated his chest area. The consumer saw on the news a recall had been issued regarding air bag problems. (lawyer wrote in on behalf of client) updated 09/13/11

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #132

Feb 052011


  • 115,000 miles


My Honda Accord 2001 SRS light on. This is the second time. I did not received any recalled noticed, when I called Honda, they told me it expired a few day. I did not notice the SRS light was onwhile driving a short distance. When I found out, I called the Honda and they told me the warranty was over for a few days. They expected you to called them on Sunday eventhough, they open only on weekday.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #131

Nov 012010


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving at an unknown speed the air bag light began illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continues. The failure mileage was 156,000 and the current mileage was 158,000.

- Isanti, MN, USA

problem #130

Dec 012010


  • miles
An airbag recall repair was done on my car. Several months later my SRS light came on. When I brought it to dealer they said that my SRS housing and unit needed to be replaced at a cost of $700 dollars. This car has never been in an accident and has only 45,000 miles on it. Upon investigating, I have come across many other owners of this model where the same thing occurred. I believe this is a defect in the Honda airbag system and should be repaired at no cost. How can it need to be replaced when never used, unless it is defective or they broke it while fixing the recall problem

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #129

Aug 052010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that she received a recall notice for recall 08V593000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module on August 5, 2010. The dealer stated that the parts were ordered but had not been received. The current and failure mileages were approximately 100,000.

- Kingshill , VI, USA

problem #128

Oct 142010

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact was traveling 15 mph, swerved to miss an object in the road, and hit a median. The two driver side tires blew out as a result. The manufacturer stated that they would have someone inspect the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were approximately 90,000. Updated 01/13/11 the consumer stated the side air bags triggered, but failed to fully deploy, only the seam in the seat fabric split. Repairs were made to the vehicle. Updated 03/02/11

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #127

Sep 262010


  • 159,931 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 25 mph in rainy weather and trying to turn, the vehicle suddenly lost control and began to slide. To counteract the sliding, the contact turned the steering wheel but the vehicle surged forward. The contact applied pressure to the brake pedal but the vehicle did not stop until it crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The driver and passenger were injured and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle had not been inspected for the cause of failure. The current and failure mileages were 159,931.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #126

Jul 022010


  • 77,560 miles
Shortly after driver-side airbag inflater recall service, SRS light came on and dealer realized driver seat belt buckle is faulty and needs to be replaced. While seat belt system should be covered by lifetime warranty, Honda excluded electric switch with the buckle. Dealer told me the only time you replace the buckle is due to the electric switch inside. To me and many others complaining about the same issue, this is a Honda manufacturing defects or serial safety design issue because - Honda claims to cover seat belt buckle under lifetime warranty, but not the electric switch inside. And only time when the buckle needs to be replaced is when the switch goes bad.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #125

Sep 082010

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Accord. Consumer express discontent with recall repair assistance from dealer when the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer to comply with the recall, she was told they would call when the part came in, as it had to be ordered. Several months have passed, and the consumer has not received a call or a notice.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #124

Aug 092010


  • miles
I went to Honda dealer in August 2010. I asked twice about getting my airbag repaired because of the recall. The advisor said it was already done but I received a letter in the mail in may saying I needed a repair on the airbag. I have no knowledge of it being done ever. If it was done it would have been on my bill.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #123

Jul 282010

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Accord. Consumer expresses issues with airbag safety recall the consumer was under the impression that the recall had been rectified. However, she receivved a fedex letter stating this was the 2nd notice regarding the air bag recall. Honda stated they did not have a recored of her vehicle ever bening serviced for the recall.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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