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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
55,565 miles

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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Apr 012004

(reported on)


  • miles


The air bag didn't deploy when the vehicle was in a collision, but it did deploy for no reason at all. The seat belt did not work during the accident as well.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 042003

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with vehicle's seat belts. When the vehicle goes over bumps, large or small, the seats belts tighten, which prevented the passenger from moving. As the interior of the vehicle warmed up, the seat belt would work intermittently, but when cool or cold, they would tighten up so hard that the passenger would become unable to breathe.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #1

Apr 242003

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,600 miles
When the vehicle went over a bump, the seat belts tightened which prevented the consumer from moving.

- Gardenville, NV, USA

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