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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,766 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 #32

Dec 022005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Accord ex that I purchased from beaudry Honda in tucson, AZ. I had the computer module replaced approximately 1 1/2 years ago because the air bag light indicated there was a malfunction. I wrote a letter to Honda of America, torrance, ca, but they were unwilling to reimburse me for this defect. Since purchasing this car during May 2001, the side impact air bag light has activated on several occasions. In late 2005, the master control air bag module was found defective. To replace this module will cost over $650 in parts alone. I understand the NHTSA has issued a warning to Honda Accord owners for defective air bag deployment systems. I am requesting that Honda cover the repair for this factory defect as well as a reimbursement for the previous repairs. There is a tsb on your site regarding this matter. Thank you for our prompt attention to this matter as it places my and my family at great risk!

- Florence, AZ, USA

problem #31

Mar 202006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
SRS sensor light came on while vehicle was in operation and has never went off. After much research it appears that diag. And repair of this problem will be time consuming, expensive and will only be a temporary fix to a repetitive problem. In the mean time I will have to worry about whether or not my air bags are in fact; operational, non-operational or liable to deploy without cause.

- Deer Lodge, MT, USA

problem #30

Jan 012006


  • miles
SRS light comes on for no apparent reason. 2001 Honda Accord ex V6 coupe.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #29

Mar 162006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


SRS indicator came on and stayed on. This has never happened before. Side airbag indicator often comes on for no reason.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Jan 162006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,935 miles
Red SRS light illuminated on the dashboard. Called Honda dealership. They claim it is not a recurring problem and it will cost $100 to read the error code, and $600-$1300 to fix depending on what failed. I waited at the dealership and talked to 3 other people with the exact same issue. Honda is clearly avoiding responsibility for a faulty seat belt airbag system.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #27

Jan 202001


  • miles
My 2001 Honda Accord SRS light has came on and stayed on. This has been a problem with other 2001 Honda Accord and I want to know if there has been a recall put out to correct the problem? thank you.

- Siloam Springs, AR, USA

problem #26

Aug 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


2001 Honda Accord SRS lamp remains lit. No accident or other events caused this to occur. Consequences of SRS unit failure includes non-deployment of airbags in frontal/side impact. Diagnostic evaluation estimates parts replacement at $425.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #25

Sep 162005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
2001 Honda Accord with 45000 miles. SRS red light on the dash that indicates the front airbags are likely disabled stays on. A Honda mechanic has tested for the error code and reset the SRS twice. Both times the light came back on after starting the car. The code from his test indicates that the unit controlling the front air bags is the problem. Seems to me that part should not fail on a car this new with this few miles when it has never been involved in an accident.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #24

Jan 072006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles
The SRS light went on in my car for no reason.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #23

Dec 152005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
SRS light is on, vehicle needs new opds. Result: No working air bags.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #22

Dec 312005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,124 miles


I am writing in regards to a problem I am having with my 2001 Honda Accord side air bag light. The side air bag light goes on for no reason then turns itself off in 10 to 15 minutes. I have researched this problem online and find that many other 2001 Honda Accord owners are having this same exact issue, and have filed complaints. They have been to the dealer spending their own money to replace the sensor/control module but it is only a temporary fix. Why pay for something that is broken and is not the fault of the owner"? the dealer says if the side air bag light is illuminated, the side air bags will not deploy. There is still no recall regarding this extremely dangerous safety issue. What will it take to start a recall regarding this issue? has the NHTSA conducted an investigation into the problem of the side air bag indicator light on 2001 Honda Accord" I bought this car specifically for the side air bags. Amazing, Honda made after 2001 do not have this problem, so Honda has obviously corrected a known problem. They should have to correct it in the 2001 model year as well.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #21

Dec 152005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The SRS light came on in my 2001 Honda Accord ex and does not go off. The dealer wants $125 to diagnose the problem and $1300 to replace the sensor unit. The service man never told me that this is a problem with Accord, but is clearly indicated as a problem in several web sites. I bought this car specifically for the side air bags and paid extra for them up front. Now I don't know if the air bags will work in case of an accident. This a safety issue!!!!

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 282005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Side airbag light goes on and off on Honda 2001 Accord LX 4 door. Dealer found no problem and suggested that an object was on the front passenger seat. This problem has been repeating for over a year without objects on the front seat. Dealer is not helpful and has erroneously diagnosed my last two problems, causing me to pay for unnecessary repairs.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #19

Sep 302005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact stated the SRS indicator light came on without warning. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated there was nothing wrong. The light sensor was rest. The light illuminated again within twenty four hours. The vehicle was not been returned to the dealer for repair at this time. The light was reset at the contact's own expense. The symptoms matched NHTSA investigation PE05043. Updated 11/15/2005.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 222005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My SRS light came on in my 2001 Honda Accord has been on for about 2 weeks now and I went to go get it checked out. The dealer told me an attachment to the airbag and horn(doesn't work) would have to be replaced which he says would cost me $1000. I advised him not to fix the problem. Although, the same time the SRS light came on my engine light has been on as well for the same amount of time. I had a friend advised me of complaints on the web of the SRS light coming on in most 2001 Honda Accord. I looked into it and saw too many complaints about this but nothing has been done about it. There has been no recall regarding it and that may cost someone their live because of it. From what I'm reading on these reviews of the SRS light it seems as though there will be no failure of the airbag but that's not what the manual says regarding the light. It states if the light comes on and stays on it may not deploy when needed for an accident. If that's the case then why is Honda risking people's lives and not fixing this problem! you can take money out someone's pocket but they won't have their live back! do something!

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 232005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The airbag system on our 2001 Honda Accord continues to malfunction. The SRS light comes on. One opds sensor was replaced under warrenty, but now the dealer wants almost $700 every time it comes back on. When I complain, they just tell me I must have put something on the passenger seat, that it's my fault.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The yellow air bag light lights up intermittently. This has happened ever since the car was brand new, but now the frequency of this light activation is much greater. When there isn't anything on the front passenger seat the light will turn on by itself. When I then touch the passenger seats upper cushion (the backrest) with my hand it goes out. When I release the top cushion the light comes back on. This defect is most apparent during very humid days. Once the air conditioning has removed enough humidity from the passenger compartment the air bag light stays off.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #15

Jan 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The SRS light stayed on since the consumer purchased the vehicle. When the consumer took vehicle to the dealership for regular maintance they would reset the light. Every time it would come back on. The consumer was concerned because she has been informed that the air bag will not deploy since this light was on.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 282005


  • 36,000 miles
On 7/28/05 my SRS light came on for the 5th time in the 4.5 years I've owned the car. This is my second filing with NHTSA on this issue. My dealer has been willing to replace and reset the sensor, but not before chastising me for placing my cell phone in proximately to the passenger seat. Although they have supporting documents from Honda on this "electronic interference" I find this difficult to believe as I drive my car less than a mile a day, many days I never use my car or cell phone in the car. It appears from the many posts here there is a problem with Honda Accord 2001 SRS sensor and Honda should be made to replace them appropriately.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 232005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,739 miles
My SRS light is on at all times in my 2001 Honda Accord. I took it to a Honda dealership in June, 2005. I was told that when the SRS light is on, my air bag system is inoperable and air bags will not deploy on impact. Dealership inspection found a code for seat belt buckle switch/sensor causing the SRS light. The buckle set has been special ordered and has not arrived after one month. In the meantime, I drive around with my SRS light on and no airbags. Why are there so many complaints about this same issue on the NHTSA website" does this issue need to be addressed as a possible recall" so many of the complaints regarding this same issue are with no resolution. So far I have no resolution. I did not buy a car with no air bags. I want to feel confident my air bags will do their job should I be in an accident. They have saved my life in the past. If you have this same issue, I encourage you to file a complaint.

- Plano, TX, USA

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