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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,286 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. disconnect light (1 reports)
  3. replace seat belt (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 042014

Accord 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,450 miles


I bought the CIVIC that needed safety.

My mechanic replaced the Seat belt. Less than a year after the problem is ON again. He thinks I should replace the main computer on the car because as soon as he resets the light will stay OFF but once the engine runs and you open the driver door the SRS light goes ON and stays there.

I contacted the Honda dealership they would replace it again on my expenses, I would do it honestly, but their warranty for the fix is one year or 20,000 km which comes first. My safety stays in what they are able to warrant. I don't feel safe in this car anymore. They know there is an issue with this car but they prefer making money on it playing with our lives. There is a safety issue that could cost me my life. Who cares? Honda?

- , Smiths Falls, Canada

problem #4

Jul 032013

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

after years of these lights coming on and going off, seemingly without any reason, I finally started ignoring them

- , Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Hello honda lovers. Well, as you all know, honda is a good car, aside from the SRS lights being on all the time...and the fact that the dealers only reset the light, which is a trick you can get from the internet, and weeks later the problem continues....

So after I read all the complaints about this and figured out that in reality the problem will not be fixed, and I'm forced to live with the SRS light being on all the time, I decided I had enough...

So as you all know, the light being on all the time helps us in nothing. It can not advise us of a problem, cause its always on so what good is that?????

Anyway here it is - I have solved the problem permanently, its very simple it took me about 5 minutes to fix..

you folks ready???? simply take out the two upper screws that hold the dash board in place, gently pull on it, and it will come off, then you have to take out two more screws, they are in the lower section...

tilt the upper part of dash towards you and disconnect the three plugs that hold it, then just simply remove the first little black twist off light bulb that is behind the SRS light switch, put it all back together and your done

- , Houstone, TX, El Salvador

problem #2

Jul 152008

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Well the side airbag light is the least of my worries but did want to say something on it. I does come on when you turn a certain way or if someone sitting on your passenger side leans on the door a certain way. Nothing to worry about it's just a sensor, usually I get mine to go off by just hitting the door. I know kinda retarded but my friend told me to fix it that way because her's did it too!!!!

- , Matthews, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 122009

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,980 miles

just got the 02 accord EX 01/04/09 then today 01/12/09 I made a hard left turn & the "side airbag" light started going on then off then on for about 20 min. then just stayed on. Heard others complain about "SRS" light but not the SIDE AIRBAG! I'll call Honda in the morn. HELP you guy got any answers?

- , San Lorenzo, CA, USA

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