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:
29 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 1
Average Mileage:
40,291 miles

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2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Nov 202006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 40 mph, another vehicle pulled out in front of the contact causing a crash. The air bags did not deploy. Both occupants in the vehicle sustained minor injuries and a police report was taken. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. Later, the insurance company deemed the vehicle totaled. The dealer was not contacted. Updated 12/28/06.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #30

Nov 222005


  • miles
2001 Honda Accord air bags inadvertently deployed while driving. ** ans required*** the consumer was informed, that due to a minor scrape on the uni-body undercarriage frame (the section running parallel to the long axis of the vehicle on the passenger side approximately halfway from the rear) that the deployment was due impact at the scrape point. Neither the manufacturer or the dealer wanted to take responsibility.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #29

Aug 272005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
A SUV ran a stop sign and I impacted the SUV, at 45 miles per hour, directly against the right hand SUV rear door and wheel. My front sts (airbags) failed to deploy (this was the second accident in one year, both times no deployment) in a front end accident that totaled the car (estimate $7,000 for complete front end). Following the first incident, which caused $5,000 plus in frontal damage, Honda of America had the car's SRS system inspected and repaired. Honda of american now refuses to either look at or discuss the second incident. I look at a failure to deploy in a major accident as a major safety concern. And further look at Honda of America's failure to take the problem seriously as a major failure on their part concerning the safety of the public traveling in their products.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


My Accord has similar problem as the Odyssey regarding the airbag light is on. I went to the service dept in atamian Honda, and the service advisor told me the censor inside of the passenger seat is rusted and caused the failure. I've contact Honda care, the extended warranty, and they told me the airbag does not cover under the "full coverage" warranty I purchased. If the Odyssey has a recall regarding the same airbag problem, I think my Accord should be covered too.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #27

Nov 062001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,114 miles
While traveling eastbound at approximately 35 mph a car traveling westbound made a left turn causing me to hit the car head on. My air bags did not deploy. The damage to my car was extensive, and the insurance company declared it a total loss. Seat belt worn. Transported by ambulance for chest, neck, knee, and arm pain.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #26

Oct 152004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,300 miles
SRS indicator light came on 10/15/2004 when I started engine in the morning and the light stayed on after that. Car is maintained in good condition always, there was no problem with the car and it ran fine. Talked to dealers and all said they need to diagnose for a charge of 80-100$. I took the car to coral springs Honda on 10/22/2004 and they said SRS unit is bad and they charged $516 $ to replace it. I had to pay and replace the SRS unit (fp no. 77960-S84-A75, dtc 07-2 SRS unit, 6490148). It seems this is a generic failures as shown by many complaints here. Honda should pay for this problem fix and customers shouldn't be burdened with this replacement cost!

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #25

Sep 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


I took my Honda Accord 2001 in for service and mentioned that the SRS light blinks off and on. I was told later that the drivers side airbag had "gone bad". the mechanic said "it happens". the vehicle has never been in any kind of collision. Mechanic also told me that he has had several come in that way. It is not covered under warrantee, and is an $800 part. I would also like to mention that the side airbag light also flashes on and off and was told that the seatbelt was causing it. I don't think the part that a driver depends on to save them in a crash should just "go bad."

- Bedford, PA, USA

problem #24

Sep 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
After being involved in a collision passenger's frontal air bag deployed and driver's side air bag did not deploy. According to the mechanic the air bags were on the same sensor, and both should have deployed. Manufacturer refused to send a representative.

- Edgerton, WI, USA

problem #23

Aug 022004


  • miles
Pursuant to the freedom information act regarding recalls involving 2001 Honda Accord. Attorney request certified copies of any and all documents or information relative to any recalls of 2001 Honda Accord, which have been issued by Honda, the United States product safety commission or the United States highway traffic safety administration. The attorney's client was operation a 2001 Honda Accord when another vehicle turned into her path and struck her vehicle on the driver's side. The driver's side air bag failed to deploy upon impact. The client sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and back.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #22

Jan 012004


  • miles
Crushed chest, broken neck, and death of driver resulted from rear end impact of Honda Accord while sitting still. Please call brenda rogers at area code 678 phone number 441-9817 if you've experienced failure of driver's power seat slide, driver's seat back, driver's seat bolts, and/or filure of driver's air bag to deploy. All appear to have failed in this instance. Need your help! thank you.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #21

Jul 092004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. This caused consumer's vehicle to rear end another vehicle in front. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy. But passenger's side air did deploy. Driver sustained neck and back injuries, and was taken to the hospital for observation. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #20

Oct 032003


  • Manual transmission
  • 61,392 miles
While driving passenger's side air bag inadvertently deployed. There was no passenger in the seat at the time of air bag deployment. Dealer inspected the passenger side air bag and replaced the air bag and cover.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 082003


  • miles
While backing into a parking space vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit a wall. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained neck injuries and was transported to a hospital.

- Saint Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 192003


  • 8,000 miles
While driving at 55 mph vehicle was in a frontal collision at a 60 mph impact. None of the air bag deployed upon impact. Vehicle totaled.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #17

Jul 152003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway an dwithout prior warning air bag light appeared on the dashboard.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 232002


  • miles
Vehicle was in a head on collision and none of the front airbags deployed. Dealer notified.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 212002


  • miles
Vehicle was in front and rear collision, and none of the front air bags deployed upon impact.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 142002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states she was in front end collison with a concrete median, and her air bags did not deploy. She states she was traveling about 50-60 mph, when another auto cut her off, and while she was being thrown around her auto's air bags did not go off. She was transported by ambulance to hosp. She states also that her neck, back, shoulder, arm and she bite her tongue.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 232001


  • miles
Air bag sensor light came on and stayed on. Contacted dealer, they sad this was nothing. Onsumer was in an frontal collision, and none of the air bags deployed on impact. Contacted dealer, fixed problem. Consumer was in a side impact none of the air bags, including side air bags deployed on impact.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 012001


  • miles
While driving, vehicle was struck in the passenger side front quarter panel, the airbags deployed, creating a thick smoke which obscured the windshield, causing a loss of vision to the consumer, consumer states that this smoke prevented her from maintaining the best control of the vehicle under the circumstances.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

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