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 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

May 022011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Similar to other complaints already on file, the SRS light stays on constantly. This problem was checked by a Honda dealer and an independent auto repair facility. Both concluded that either faulty wiring and electronics were causing this problem or that one of the airbags is defective. The estimated repair cost is $700. Since the car has never been in an accident, the airbag system has never been touched since the car was manufactured. Given the number of almost identical complaints that are already on file, Honda should have been required to address this safety problem a long time ago.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #50

Mar 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
Honda sent a recall for the airbags. Took to dealership and they said they would fix for free. Had me wait 2 hours while they didn't do anything but look at my car. The SRS light is still on. The government should step in and do something about it. How is it that thousands of Honda are riding around and the airbag wont even deploy if you get into a accident. Not to mention Honda wont even make sure that its safe. There should be a law stating that all recalls must be handled accordingly or get fined a hefty fine. 2001 Honda Accord V6.........still unsafe.......and upset.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #49

Dec 012010


  • miles
2001 Honda Accord LX. Consumer states she was involved in a crash and the air bag did not deploy

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #48

Dec 102010


  • 154,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 40 mph when she crashed into the vehicle ahead of her. Then, that vehicle crashed into the vehicle ahead of it. The contact stated that the air bags did not deploy. A passenger sustained injures to the chest, knees and ankles. A police report was available. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V593000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflat0R module) and stated that the recall repair was previously performed on the vehicle two months prior to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

- Fort Miill, SC, USA

problem #47

Mar 282010


  • 128,000 miles
My daughter was driving her 2001 Honda Accord on 3/28/10 when a hit and run driver traveling at a high rate of speed hit her in the left front of her vehicle. She had neck injuries because the airbag did not deploy. We had the car in for the air bag replacement recall in Nov. Of 2009. It still failed to deploy properly.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #46

Feb 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact referenced recall 10V041000 (air bags). While driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle crashed into the side of another vehicle. The contact suffered an injury to the left arm when he air bag deployed. The vehicle was destroyed as a result of the crash. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- Hueytown,, AL, USA

problem #45

Jan 262010


  • 80,100 miles


Honda Accord 2001: Both airbags (driver's and passenger side) deployed without any specific reason while vehicle proceeded on slow speed (10 mph) along residential road. Under distress the driver damaged 2 parked cars. Both the driver and the passenger sustained airbag-deployment related injuries. This car belongs to my father and he and my mother were involved in this accident.

- Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

problem #44

Sep 182009


  • 86,529 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact had his vehicle repaired according to recall # 09V259000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflater module). After the repair the air bag reel failed. This condition could result in unintended air bag deployment. He is in the process of having the vehicle repaired at his expense. The failure and current mileages were 86,529.

- Summerset, NJ, USA

problem #43

Sep 172009


  • 112,700 miles
My SRS light stays on (airbags) and when I went on line it was said by the NHTSA that there was a recall. When I contacted the dealership they asked for my VIN# and said mine did not qualify for them to fix the problem. I drive 50 miles to my job and 50 back home. As it stands right now if I were to get into an accident the airbags would not deploy. I drive a 2001 Honda Accord. I am having the same exact problems that everyone else is complaining about and I don't understand why or how only a few people are notified and the rest has to pay out of pocket! this is outrageous to say the least!

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #42

May 152008


  • 150,000 miles
Honda Accord 2001 needs new opds unit I noticed that my side air bag light came on and shortly after that the SRS light came on. When I took it to the Honda dealer they told me that I needed a new opds unit at $6662.70. Now that seems ungodly steep. But to top it off when I went online to research it, I find that many Honda owners are experiencing exactly the same thing I am. I think Honda should replace it.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #41

Jul 062009


  • 75,087 miles


2001 Honda Accord ex rear ended 2007 Toyota solari at 30-32 mph. The Honda Accord front end was pushed all the way into the motor and transmission and was totaled out by insurance company. The air bags never deployed. Wife was bruised by seat belt across the chest and very sore muscles in neck and back for several days, and headache. Took painkiller and muscle relaxant for couple of days after accident. Wife was driving Honda. Just how bad an accident must there be for the air bags to work?

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #40

Aug 312009


  • miles
I had a head on collision with a big rig on the freeway on I-5 Monday August 31st. I was going about 68/miles an hr when the big rig hit me from the front. The impact was pretty bad because I have cervical strain and been in bed since Monday. Also strained my back due to me being thrown forward N back even with my seat belt on. The strange part is that my air bag didn't go inflate with that much impact. I think if the air bag would've inflated then that would've saved me from all this injury. 5 years ago, I was in an accident as well and at that time I rear ended a still car going about 65 miles and at that time the air bad didn't go off either, my concern at this point is that there's some defect in the air bag in my car because it should've inflated this time due to the impact but it didn't.

- Elk Grove , CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 312009


  • 175,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord airbag caused severe burns and cuts.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #38

Feb 202009


  • 83,960 miles
Air bag SRS indicator light came on and stays on. I learned through owners on the internet concerning past problems with air bags and difficulty at Honda dealerships on this problem. Upon contacting Honda customer service, they informed me that my VIN number is not covered by the extended warranty of 10 years or 150,000 miles. I feel that this is a very serious defect, do to the air bags will not deploy on impact while the SRS light is on. My 2001 Honda has 84,000 miles and purchased it June of 2003.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #37

Jan 262008


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord LX. While driving 20 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a pole. The passenger side air bag deployed, but the driver's side air bag did not. The contact was injured, but was able to safely drive the vehicle to her residence. The technician was unable to determine why the air bag failed and stated that the repair would cost $1,900. No repairs have been made to the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle; therefore, no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 152008


  • 138,000 miles
The SRS light in my 2001 Honda Accord has come on and wont go off. The airbags have never been deployed before in the car and after some searching have found that this is a common problem with the year make model of car. Also I was horrified to find out that the airbags will not deploy if the SRS light is on due to a sensor failure. This endangers my life and the life of anyone who drives the vehicle and since airbags are required in a vehicle shouldn't there be a lifetime warranty on airbags"?" it cost up to 700 dollars to replace the unit. So because of a bad design I can't have a system in my vehicle determined by the dot to be required repaired if it fails due to no fault of my own. I am outraged and there should be something done about this immediately.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #35

Nov 282008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The driver's side front air bag indicator illuminated. The contact immediately took the vehicle to a repair shop and they stated that the air bag sensor failed. The repair would cost $388.17. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that NHTSA campaign id number 08V593000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator modules) was scheduled to begin on December 22, 2008. The contact would be able to request a reimbursement. The current and failure mileages were 38,000. Updated 12/30/08 updated 12/30/08.

- River Head, NY, USA

problem #34

Jun 212008


  • 79,300 miles
2001 Honda Accord SRS light remains on. Service dept. Said car is "safe" to drive. "good news is that the airbags won't deploy when you are driving around. The bad news is that the airbags won't deploy in an accident." My research shows that Honda is not concerned about consumers with this issue. There is no type of warranty coverage and it is a very expensive fix with marginal results (likely to recur). I should think that seat belts and airbags would have a lifetime warranty.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #33

Jun 152008


  • 122,344 miles
My SRS light keeps coming on. Honda said it will cost $1500 to replace. ( not covered under warranty ) they indicated that in a crash the drivers side airbag will not deploy.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #32

Mar 012008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord SRS dash light comes on, will not go off. This renders the SRS inoperable in the event of a frontal collision according to manufacturer. This is a common problem with these 2001 Honda models.

- San Deigo, CA, USA

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