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.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 122001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


All rear seat belts tighten when gas is appled, tight enough to dig into skin. Contacted dealer. Dealer said it was as a result of child restraint belt. Replaced belt, but it reoccurred. Consumer stated that tall or large passengers are affected by the seat belt. The seat belt digs into shoulder and gets tighter with no slack or freedom of movement after acceleration.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062001


  • miles
I was alone and stopped at a red light when a vehicle hit me from behind. I had no warning of the approaching car since the driver had fallen asleep. His airbag deployed. My car was knocked directly forward into the truck in front of me, and that truck was knocked into the van in front of it. My airbags did not deploy and my seatbelt/shoulder harness did not prevent me from fracturing my eye-socket on the steering wheel. Based on the force of the impact, I believe that my shoulder harness should have prevented this devastating injury. After repairs that did not include replacing the harness, I am still subject to the same type of injury.

- Duarte, CA, USA

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