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

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.

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2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Apr 142005


  • miles


The SRS light in my 2001 Honda Accord repeatedly comes on. I have had the opds unit replaced twice, and I have been told by the dealer that it has to be replaced again.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #11

Apr 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am writing to file a complaint and for information regarding a persistent problem I am having with my 2001 Honda Accord SRS light. Specifically the dashboard SRS light goes on for no reason. I have been told by the dealer that they cannot guarantee that my airbags will deploy if I am in an accident or that the bags may deploy for no reason. 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 etc. But yet there is still no recall regarding this extremely dangerous safety issue. I am hoping you can help me understand the following: 1. why hasn't there been a recall regarding this issue" 2. has the NHTSA conducted an investigation into the problem of the SRS indicator light on 2001 Honda Accord? if so, what facts were found, what determination was made and what result followed? 4. what is the solution?" this is truly a mystery to me, and I feel very unsafe driving my car with this light on!!! please contact me if you need more information or if I can be of any assistance in having this problem designated for recall. It is very scary driving with this light on, and it is through no fault of the owners of these vehicles! I also understand that later model years 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! please help.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 092001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
1) front passenger seat does not lock in place. Seat slides all the way to the front when I brake. My passengers have to quickly bring their arms foward to stop themselves from hitting the dashboard; one time my passenger hand hit her eye in the process of trying to stop the seat from hitting the dashboard. 2) SRS indicator light come on when I just place a light purse on the passenger seat. This is a 2001 Honda Accord V6 with only 15,000 miles. 3) there have been numerous complaints to nhts regarding this SRS light malfunction. When will nhts do a recall? the dealers want to charge me to look into the seat not locking in place, and the SRS light.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 072005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Air bag light illuminated while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who informed the consumer that the SRS module needed to be replaced, and it was not covered under a recall. Consumer anticipated the air bags may deploy inadvertently while driving or not deploy in a vehicle crash.

- Clinton, ME, USA

problem #8

Jan 032002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dashboard airbag light comes on when I just place my purse on the passenger front seat, or if I place a heavy bag on the floor and it leans against the passenger front seat. Browsing through your site complaints, I notice that my car is not the only one with the airbag light coming on. The complaint states that the dealer would not do anything, that person had an accident and the airbag never went off. Has anything changed since the complaint was filed where the dealer would fix the problem at no charge to me?

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Oct 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,466 miles


The air bag light was on. Dealer stated that consumers' cell phone on the seat made the light go on. Dealer showed consumer a paper, stating that the electronic devices caused problems with air bags. The consumer paid $300 for the repairs.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 112004


  • miles
SRS light on. Found code 15-3 opds sensor failure. New sensor required at a cost of $421.

- Vancovuer, WA, USA

problem #4

Apr 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
SRS light is constantly on. Took it to dealer, was charged $68 to be told it's a 7-2 problem and have the light reset. As soon as I started up the car, the light came back on. Was told it would need a new control unit replacement that would cost almost $500! my car has never had any problems to cause this -- no accidents, no low battery, no air bag deployment, nothing. Seems much to soon to have something like this go "out."

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 132001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
In March of 2003, while driving home from the grocery store, my husband swerved and then stopped (without any collision) and the front passenger airbag of our 2001 Honda Accord ex deployed while I was sitting in the seat. We were instructed by Honda service at white plains, NY to go through our insurance, only to find out that the reason the airbag deployed was due to faulty air bag sensors in our car's computer. Five weeks later, we got our car back from the shop. Now, a year later, our insurance company at the time (progressive) has advised us to follow up with the NHTSA to file a complaint against Honda. To this date, the SRS light on my dashboard still comes on with no explanation, and the greenwich and white plains Honda dealerships want nothing to do with it. Meanwhile, I feel unsafe driving the car and have been since the incident when I was 3 months pregnant, and now have a 6 month old child that I drive around in the vehicle.

- Southampton, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 192003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,250 miles
The air bag sensor light malfunctioned. The consumer was concerned the air bag will not deploy upon impact. The component to repair the air bag was order December 2003 but it still has not arrived at the dealer. The vehicle transmission.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag on passenger's side blinks on and off for past 2 months. SRS light just started coming on, and will not go off. Dealer stated cell phone and computer caused sensors to go off, and/ or might cause air bags to deploy. Consumer was not sure if dealer and manufacturer will find a possible solution.

- Childers, AL, USA

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