Notes: The 2002 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 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
39 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 2
Average Mileage:
81,013 miles

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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #59

Nov 162010


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed. During the crash, the contacts chest hit the steering wheel cracking her sternum. No one else was injured during the crash. The driver side air bag did not deploy but the passenger side air bag did. No one was sitting in the passenger side seat. The contact was taken to the hospital. The contact called the manufacturer and they have not provided any assistance. The contact stated that this was a major safety issue. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Pensield, NY, USA

problem #58

Sep 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
2002 Honda civic and 2002 Honda Accord SRS light on both vehicles for no apparent reason I see that it is a common issue with no resolution as yet from manufacturer air bags will not deploy when light is on and this is a significant safety issue. These cars are being used by teen drivers.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #57

Jul 032010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. After starting the vehicle the contact noticed that the SRS light appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 47000 and the current mileage was 49000. Updated 12/15/10. Updated 12/27/10

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #56

Aug 272010


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. After starting the vehicle the contact noticed that the check engine light appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the air bag inflator was repaired; however, the contact continued to experience the failures. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were 98000.

- Decata , GA, USA

problem #55

Feb 222010


  • 135,575 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the front driver's air bag was protruding from the steering wheel and he could see through the opening of the air bag compartment. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed that he would be responsible for repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 135,575 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #54

Aug 082010


  • 203,850 miles
My 'SRS" dashboard light came on for no reason on my 2002 Honda Accord LX. The light stays on. Per a Honda web forum, the problem is either the air bags will not deploy or a defective air bag sensor. There are many complaints about this. This is a safety factor. I think there should be a recall on this.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #53

Apr 052006


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he received a recall notice for recall 10V041000 (air bags). He called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle to the dealership for repair. The vehicle was taken to two dealerships but the contact was refused the repairs. They stated that the sensor was the cause of the failure and was not covered under the recall for the inflater module. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 37,000.

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #52

Jul 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord coupe. While driving approximately 30-35 mph, the dashboard lights failed. The contact stated the speedometer and radio were still operating as normal however; there was no illumination of the lights. When driving at night, the contact was unable to determine at what speed he was traveling. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 135,000. Updated 08/11/10. The consumer stated a recall was issued for the 2001 model, but not 2002. The consumer also went to the dealer for a recall regarding the driver side inflator module. The mechanic found a burned part, but would not replace it as it was not a part of the recall. Updated 08/17/10

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #51

Mar 012010


  • miles
I have a 2002 Honda Accord. I received a letter from Honda more than one month (04/13/2010) back saying that there is a safety recall on the drivers airbag inflater. The notice said that I have to contact my local dealer and they will fix for free. I contacted the local dealer (team Honda, baton rouge) the same day the letter was received. They said they will order the part and once they get it they will let me know and try to fix it. I have not heard anything back from them till now. It looks like Honda nor the dealership is serious about it and is not ready to fix it inspite of the recall.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #50

May 052005

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord V6 coupe -- SRS system light on the dash is on. This indicates that SRS system, including safety devices (seat belts and airbags) may not be working correctly. The problem was at first intermittent. I read that there was recall in regards to the seat belts and that was causing the problem. I took the car in to the Honda dealer for servicing. He did not acknowledge the safety recall and said they would troubleshoot it and I have to pay for it. The light is solid on for past couple of years.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #49

Jul 272009


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact received a recall notice for recall 10V041000 (air bags). When driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle rear ended another vehicle and the front driver air bag exploded. The contact was injured as a result and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership. The vehicle was totaled. The current and failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Dubois, WY, USA

problem #48

Jan 192002


  • 3,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that if the arm rest is used on the passenger side the air bag light comes on. The vehicle had been taken the dealer and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 3,000. The current mileage was 256,000.

- Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #47

Mar 122008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving at speeds of 5 mph and abruptly depressing the brake pedal, the seat belt failed to engage and lock the contact into position. The SRS air bag warning light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer replaced the seatbelts at the owners expense. They were unable to determine the failure in the air bags and advised that they would have to manually deploy the air bags in order to determine if they were fully operational. Although there was a recall for the air bags for his year, make and model, his VIN was not included with the recall campaign (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V041000: Air bags). There were no repairs made to the air bags. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current was 90,000. Updated 06/25/10. Updated 06/29/10.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #46

Sep 052009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) Honda has recalled many 2002 Accord for airbag problems. I have a 2002 Accord. About six months ago, the air bag light came on and has remained on since then. Honda has told me my vehicle, [xxx] is not part of the airbag recall. I believe it should be part of the recall.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #45

Jan 232010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord V6 coupe has a problem with the safety restraint system. I brought it to dealer, and I was told that it was a seat belt buckle switch failure, and it would cost $200+ to fix, even though the owners manual states that all seat belt problems have a lifetime warranty. I refused to pay to have it fixed, and they sent me away, informing me that the SRS system is shut down. This is a big safety concern for me, and I feel they should fix the problem. I have read online that there are many people with the same problem I have on their Accord. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #44

May 022007


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The driver-side air bag did not deploy when he rear-ended another vehicle at 50 mph. He sustained minor injuries. The passenger side air bag deployed and no occupant was present. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed from the scene and repaired; except for the driver side air bag. The Honda manufacturer recommended that the air bag did not require replacement because the impact was not severe enough to merit deployment. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #43

Sep 152009


  • 45,700 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord had a failed SRS unit which Honda repaired but issued me a bill stating it was not covered under the extended warranty. Stating a fail code of 15-3 (opds sensor) that is clearly covered under the 06-009 Honda service bulletin. It cost me $85 for them to clear the code, stating that the cause was electrical interference like a cell phone or laptop. It is an important safety issue because if at anytime I should use an electrical device in my car there is a chance my air bags will not deploy. Honda should issue a recall not an extended warranty and fix the issue not cover it up.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #42

Aug 062009


  • 23,336 miles
My experience very similar to complaint #10311376. The SRS warning light came on and stayed on this 2002 american mfg. Accord with only 23,336 miles. I inquired whether the "recall" or extended warranty applied, and the service department told me it did not apply because the faulty part was a sensor in the seat belt latch, not in the module for the opds. Replacement will cost about $200. A part #04813-S84 - A33zc, buckle set, was ordered. The disconnected the sensor so the light won't glow until the sensor is fixed. They also said the air bag won't deploy if the SRS light is on.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #41

Jul 182009


  • 80,600 miles
SRS light stays on, Honda service told me air bag failure do to defective buckle switch which is not covered under warranty.(lifetime warranty on seat belts does not apply to buckle). 2002 Honda Accord.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 292007


  • miles
SRS light came on and stays on continuously after my wife used upholstery cleaner on the front seats. I am told the airbag system is now disabled with the light on. Very poor design SRS system design!

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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