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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
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2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 022012


  • miles


2002 Honda Accord. Consumer states that the hinges on the seat broke, the shoulder belt did not keep her securely against seat, only the lap belt worked. Consumer suffered numerous injuries from the accident. The consumer stated she was sitting at a stop light, when she was rear ended by a drunk driver. The consumer stated at no time did the air bags deploy. The consumer stated she received a recall notice in the mail. # 11V260000 regarding the air bags.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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

Jun 022002


  • miles
Consumer states that driver's side front seat belt does not retract once unbuckled and door opened.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

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