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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 042003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Honda Accord - seat belt and airbags malfunctioned during a front impact collision. Car traveling approximately 40 mph. Seat belt did not restrain driver (pulled entirely out) and airbags did not deploy. Auto body shop exaimed safety features and in their opinion, safety features did not operate properly.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 132002


  • miles
My four year old son became trapped in the rear middle seat belt. It would not release and the more I tried to release it the tighter the belt became. Myself and several other adults tried having him change positions. I finally was abe to release the belt, however he was twisted in the belt and it locked and wouldn't give and became progressively tighter. I finally had to cut the seatbelt off because he was in pain, crying and having difficulty breathing. He has seat belt marks across his abdomen and trace blood in his urine maybe from this incident according to the pediatrician.

- Venetia, PA, USA

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