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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,633 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

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1) the rear seat belt fails after driving for a while 2) the seat belt cannot be pulled out anymore; thus it will take in the seat belt slowly and the passenger is locked on the seat tighter and tighter. 3) it need to un-buckle the seat belt and return all the belts to the cartridge, and re-buckle again.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,900 miles
The rear seat belts are retractable. However, consumer does not have the ability to move them. The belts do not give at all. Dealer maintains the seat belts are not defective.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 012001


  • miles
For tall/large passengers, rear seatbelts lock up and rachet tighter and tighter with accelleration, causing pain and restricktion of movement. Dealer states problem known but no fix available. Problem with auto child seat adjustment. I reported this problem over year ago, can not find complaint in system.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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