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 6 of 7)

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problem #39

Aug 012008


  • 42,000 miles


The SRS light has been staying on continuously on my 2002 Honda Accord. I was wondering if there was recall for this that I have not been notified about?

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #38

Jul 172004


  • 20,000 miles
The SRS light on the dashboard on my 2002 Honda Accord coupe V6 has been on for a few years now, and it never goes off. A friend of mine, who used to work for Honda as a mechanic, told me when that light comes on the airbag is disengaged, so if I get in an accident the airbags will not deploy.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #37

Aug 142008


  • 70,000 miles
This became a problem about 1 month after driving it off of the used car lot approximately 04/2005. The SRS indicator light is always on on the dashboard. This is not general wear and tear on the vehicle as I've never been in an accident and have never done anything to damage the airbags. I"ve attempted to call Honda regarding this issue but they maintain it is not covered under warranty and they tried to deemphasize the importance of airbags. My local dealer says this could cost around 1500 dollars.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #36

Aug 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


The SRS light has come on my 2002 V6 Honda Accord ex and based on dealerships that I have taken the vehicle to claims that is it a seatbelt issue that is not covered... other forums that I have been to that have people that have similar problems or airbags not deploying properly and was linked to the SRS light. The SRS system is for the airbag system but dealerships are only asking for money for getting the car diagnosed but stating that the seatbelt and airbag system are not covered by Honda. Please help me with my situation. My wife and child ride in the vehicle daily.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #35

Jul 102008


  • 92,000 miles
The SRS light on my dash board is on and won't go off. After some research I understand that this is a common problem in Honda Accord. The SRS light indicates that there is a problem with the seat belt or airbags. As far as I'm concerned both are very necessary in providing to all occupants in the vehicle.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #34

Jan 012008


  • 75,000 miles
The SRS airbag light is on my 2002 Honda Accord ex. My best friend has the same car and his is on also after 75K. Apparently this problem is in just every Accord 98-02 and its not covered under the warranty because it is an electrical problem. It can cost from 400 to 1000 dollars to fix. This is crazy! they should recall these vehicles because clearly....if everyone I know with an Accord has the same problem then its Honda problem not ours.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #33

Jan 152007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


SRS airbag light is on, and stays on on my 2002 Honda Accord. Honda will not replace due to having side airbags. Technician told me the the air bags will not deploy if light is on. To fix will cost me approximately $900, this is a safety issue.

- Merriam, KS, USA

problem #32

Jul 302007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Note: Transmission broke three times in the past 8 months and an SRS problem as well. Even this was covered under warranty, does not really appear to be normal issues and happened too frequently.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #31

Apr 202007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,718 miles
Re. three major factory defects of 2002 Honda Accord V6 ex I currently own four Honda vehicles. Two of them are 2002 Honda Accord V6 ex models. Honda released 2002 Honda Accord ex without any thorough final inspections. The malfunctioning on my two Honda was all factory defects deeply related to passenger safety. Honda does not care for human life sincerely as advertised. Honda does not deserve to be one of the best vehicles in the states. Since I purchased brand new 2002 Honda, three serious mechanical and electrical defects have been found: Seat belt sensor malfunctioning, timing related engine RPM surge, and powertrain breakdown. All three happened within 36,000 miles. First problem was a seat belt sensor problem. It was detected several months on both vehicles. And I asked a Honda mechanic to fix it. He told me that it would go away if you drove more. However, this problem was not gone. And couple of years later, I strongly ask Honda dealer to check and fix it. One was seat belt sensor problem and the other was the main seat belt controller. Second problem was a timing related engine surge. It happened on both Honda within 30,000 miles on the same day. RPM of both Honda went up and engine light was on. Even in braking, I could feel very strong force, which might break something. It was a sudden surge enough to cause a big accident. I want you to inspect this factory defect of all 2002 Honda Accord ex. Third problem happened in the first 2002 Honda. It was a powertrain problem. This brand new vehicle has surged several months after delivered to us. The mechanics in Honda dealerships said that it would go away if we drove more. The surge in first three years seemed moderate jolting when the second gear shifted to the first gear. But it got worse and worse. Finally, oil leaked. After fixing it, there are no more jolting or surging in gear transitions. This incident took place due to Honda's negligence and irresponsibility.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #30

Jan 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The SRS light comes on for no apparent reason, I took it to a dealership, they told me that there were cases of this light coming on for no reason, so they went ahead and reset it for me. However, just recently it came on again for no reason. I took it to the dealership again, now they are saying that I need to pay 180 dollars just for a diagnostic, and repairs would be additional. Transmission keeps slipping, gears do not change properly.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 162006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


SRS light came on and stayed on during a 500 mile trip after stopping and turning the engine back on. This meant the safety restraint systems such as seat belt tensioners and airbags would not function until SRS problem is corrected. Required a service call to dealer to order new SRS unit and replace. Not covered under any warranty. Replacement will be done Dec 1 so not sure if this will correct the problem. So must continue to drive car without safety restraint system functioning.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #28

Oct 132006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
SRS red light continues to go on. I've gotten varying answers about what is wrong with it and will have to spend $1,000 to fix it and take the risk that I went with the correct diagnosis. I'm told the air bags will not deploy in an accident now. This seems to be a very common problem with Honda vehicles.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #27

Mar 212006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord SE, used to jump start son's car (1991 Honda civic LX) right after jumpstart, SRS stayed on and hasn't gone off since. Thought it just might be a fuse, but when car taken to Honda for maintenance today, was told the control unit is bad and it would cost $1,000+ to replace. I asked if jump starting son's car could have caused this, and was told yes. Car was used to properly jump start son's car, so don't see how this could happen. We should be told never to offer to jump start anyone! my son could have called aaa (triple a), but we had no idea this would happen.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #26

Feb 132006

(reported on)


  • miles
The air bags in the consumer's 2002 Honda Accord did not deploy during a severe auto accident.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #25

Mar 012006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
: the contact stated the air bag warning light has illuminated. The contact is concerned the air bags may not deploy in an accident or deploy without an accident. The dealership was alerted verbally and explained the vehicle needed to be brought in for diagnostic testing. The contact has not taken the vehicle to the dealership. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 252006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,750 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 20 mph the driver side curtain airbag deployed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, they were unable to determine why the air bags deployed.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #23

Mar 162005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,688 miles
The yellow light for my side air bags started coming on right in the middle of my driving. The dealer checked it, but it didn't come on when it was being test driven. Now it is coming on constantly and for longer durations. The car is now out of the 3 yr warranty. I was told I'll be charged for checking it out. The dealer said that nothing can be done unless the light is on when they are checking it. Since the yellow light comes on & off while driving, I can not replicate it at will.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #22

Oct 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Accord SE. The contact's wife was driving at 30 mph on October 18, 2005 and she lost conscious. She hit the vehicle in front. Upon impact, the driver's side air bag did not deploy. She hit the steering wheel and sustained chest injuries. She was taken to hospital by ambulance. A police report was taken. The contact had not contacted dealership or manufacturer. The contact's wife was wearing seat belts. Had the front bumper replaced about three months ago.

- Metarie, LA, USA

problem #21

Sep 052005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,300 miles
While operating my 2002 Honda Accord, , my passenger leaned against the passenger door. The SRS light came on and remained on until the dealer was able to look at the car. It was determined that the occupant position detection system had failed and had to be replaced. I was under the impression that the repair was to have been covered by the vehicle service contract I had purchased when I bought the car in 2001. Of course it was not covered. The repair was a safety related problem for which I had no control over nor did I do anything to cause the â¿¿occupant position detection system to malfunction. The device could have caused serious injury had it deployed accidentally or failed to deploy during an accident.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 012005


  • miles
2002 Honda Accord had repeated problems with the air bag.

- West Hills, CA, USA

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