Notes: The 2004 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure & problems with the stereo backlight failing. 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.

The stereo backlight problem has been an issue ever since these Accords were only a few years old. Honda eventually issued a recall which covered the repair for 7 years/100k miles, which was nice while it lasted but now that period is over. Honda initially replaced the entire radio ($800) but eventually began replacing just the PCB which at ~$300 is much cheaper. That sounds like a deal, but keep in mind we're talking about a backlight bulb that costs $2 to fix in most other cars.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 1
Average Mileage:
86,280 miles

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2004 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #133

Sep 101016


  • 189,000 miles


"takata recall" air bag off warning lights will stay on, and has been illuminated at the majority of starts. The passenger air bag off will turn on, and stay-on at times, majority will shut-off, the driver side will turn off sometimes, mostly the light will stay-on. Not hardly will there not be one of the air-bag lights on, and I never know which side, or if both.

- Taft, CA, USA

problem #132

Dec 032016


  • miles
I just tried to trade in my vehicle today and the dealer declined it due to a recall notice. I in fact had all the airbags replaced in September 2016 due to a recall notice and never even knew anything about this 2004 recall! thanks Honda!!! do the new airbags not take precedence over this recall" can you please take this off of the NHTSA website so I can sell my car"

- Pepperell, MA, USA

problem #131

Jan 042016


  • 9,000 miles
Airbag light on without any accident. I report to dealer they said is my car identification numb not include.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #130

Mar 222016


  • 159,000 miles


I purchase a car from sunshine auto new link finance on West Tennessee St tallahassee fl on March 22 2016 I purchase this auto off good faith from the sale women and owner after taking vehicle home I notice the vehicle was barely pulling like it was low on fluids I also notice 2 recalls air bags N one back seat beat working as require by law it was also pently motion on highway turning N riding down road this company runs a fuard scams N owner claims he always out state N bussiness closed down after fuard customer out there money comany has been under 8 differnt name since 2011 please feel free to call 8507021381 any more questions

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #129

Jul 192016


  • 91,000 miles
Takata recall on July 19, 2016 my wife was returning from a luncheon about 2pm on hwy 111 on a sunny, dry afternoon following traffic within speed limits when to the best of her recollection the air big exploded causing physical damage to my wife. She lost control of the vehicle and ran into another vehicle' this accident resulted in the total loss of the Accord. About six or eight weeks ago I took the Accord in to the Honda dealer in cathedral city and requested that the air bag be inspected as a was aware of a recall on this vehicle in May 2016. I was told that the air bag was safe and nothing was done on the car. I have reason to believe that the recall work on this air bag (replace parts) should have been done by the dealer and this accident would not have occurred.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #128

Feb 142014


  • 200,000 miles
In spring 2014 I contacted us govt National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At which time they indicated that Honda had an open investigation for air bags automatically deploying. The lady on the phone told me to call Honda and make I report which I did. Honda had me contact the local dealership which indicated that it would be $395 to investigate the issue. I got back of hold of Honda & told them I would not pay for them to investigate their air bag almost killing my daughter, when the airbag deployed whilst driving, not hitting anything. Fortunately for her, it was a slow speed when this occurred and she was not hurt. Today I stopped at Honda cortland oh apostilakas, I didn't get a written estimate. Honda wants to charge me over $1600 in materials and an indeterminate amount of work hours to perform the labor. Air bag disables the heater and other functions on the car, thus it needs replaced or provide a solution to use my car again.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #127

Mar 102015


  • 140,000 miles


Takata recall of air bags. How can I know if my car is in danger of killing me or my precious granddaughters if my car is in an accident and the air bags deploy? please advise on any new developments. I have had the airbags replaced on a recall already, but have heard that there is a problem with the replacements.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #126

Jun 012004


  • miles
Takata recall: My car was purchased in college station, Texas and spent its first eleven years in austin, Texas where the heat and moisture was prevalent as alleged in the reports of causes for failures of the takata airbags yet my car is never listed in the recall lists. And with the recent urgings of the NHTSA for older vehicles from that region being among those in most urgent need of having the airbags replaced I am considering having them replaced anyway at my own expense. My questions are: Will I be reimbursed when my car is finally recalled and why isn't my car included in the recalls?

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #125

Jul 052016


  • 118,500 miles
"takata recall" my local paper stated that you have declared all Honda air bags to be unsafe, particularly those for 2004 Honda Accord located in the high heat and humidity associated with Florida. I have contacted Honda on two separate occasions and have been told that my car is "completely safe". I don't feel safe and would like to know what NHTSA is doing about this situation. Thanks

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #124

Jul 022016


  • miles

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #123

Aug 152015


  • 252,869 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was parked, the air bag warning light illuminated and the radio failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pads, dome light, and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 252,869.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #122

Sep 142015


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side air bag failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #121

Apr 022016


  • 152,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side air bag failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,200.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #120

Nov 052015


  • 100,359 miles
Takata recall, I got in contact with Honda Corp about recall on airbags and Honda told me that my VIN number was not on the recall, I told them that my air bag light was on and they told me to go have it fixed at my expense, so I did not not take my car in for the recall and like a month after I contacted them, my wife was hit in the front end of car and the passenger side air bag deployed and the accident was not not even a hard compact accident, I'm glad no one was in the passenger side of the car in the accident, its very sad to see see a company like Honda Corp, not take responsibility for there actions and put peoples life in danger

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #119

Jan 122016


  • 114,000 miles
I was in a parking garage and pulling into a parking spot. I was within 2 feet of the concrete wall and foot over break when my car accelerated with enough force to deploy the airbag and push the frame into the radiator. It happened so fast, I tried to brake but it was over within seconds. I could not have been going more than 2mph or less as I did not even have foot on gas.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #118

Jan 212016


  • 110,000 miles
Takata recall: I had an accident in which my Honda Accord hit a tree at about 40 mph after sliding off of the highway due to ice and the driver side air bags did not deploy! the hood was blown off and there was engine damage, but the air bags did not deploy. The air bags were recently replaced by brown's Honda in arlington due to the "takata recall". they clearly either didn't replace them or didn't install them correctly.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #117

Jan 132016


  • 159,000 miles
Takata recall. I am trying to find out if I have takata air bags in my 2004 Honda Accord and why it has not been recalled. I wrote american Honda motor co., automobile customer service in torrance, ca and all they would tell me in a phone call is my 2004 Honda Accord is not included in the recall and to contact the NHTSA for information as to why my 2004 Honda Accord is not in the recall. Does my vehicle have takata air bags" if it does why is my 2004 Honda Accord not included in the takata air bag recall? Honda said I should take my vehicle to an authorized Honda dealer and pay to have it inspected if I want to know what kind of air bags are in my vehicle. I see that 2004 Honda Accord are included in the list of affected vehicles for the takata air bag recall - why have I not been notified of the recall? I bought the car new and have been the sole owner. Is my 2004 Honda Accord safe to drive"

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #116

Apr 092015


  • 67,000 miles
My daughter was driving my 2004 Honda Accord and was traveling at about 30 mph. She had my 12 yr old in the passenger seat and got too close to the edge of a road that didn't have a shoulder. It pulled the tires off and she overcompensated swerving back onto the road. There was another car coming so she swerved back towards the ditch and hit a power pole head on. The airbag on drivers side deployed but slowly and with very little force at all. My daughter described it as falling out and barely inflating. However, the other daughter's airbag shot out hard and fast and caused her to break a bone in her rt dominant hand. She had to have surgery on that knuckle/finger using three pins. They had to eventually go back and do surgery to remove them since they buried under the skin. I was completely unaware that there was a recall on the airbags since I wasn't the original owner of the car.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #115

Jul 062015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V370000 (air bags) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #114

Jan 012013


  • 68,000 miles
Takata recall NHTSA lists the vehicle as subject to the Honda recall. Honda currently does not list the vehicle as subject to the recall. Vehicle was purchased in South Florida, always driven in Florida. The SRS light is continuously activated whenever the vehicle is used. Local Honda dealer is aware of the problem, has failed to act. Honda dealer has had this problem noted on the vehicle's service record as "primary item concern" in January, 2013.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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