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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,937 miles

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2004 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #18

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 #17

Feb 182016


  • 60,000 miles
While driving the speed limit to take my children to school this morning 02-18-2016, my Honda was in the last gear but suddenly downshifted into a power gear causing the car to jerk. My children and I were almost rear ended but the F-150 truck behind is swerved to keep from bitting us. I was very afraid also cause the seat belt around my children tightened to the point where my baby boy started crying cause it was like it choked him. After dropping them off, I got to the stop light which is on a hill and the car would not move. Put in park and cut off and car then went into gear but did not change fears to where it reved up the rpms. Cruised down hill to my home and decided to back up and the car would it even back up. I would like to know what can be done cause there seems to be a problem with Honda and all the can tell me is that there is no recall I. my car except for the power steering. I did research and there are hundreds of complaints about similar problems if not the same.

- Battleboro, NC, USA

problem #16

Jul 082015


  • 176,023 miles
SRS light comes on intermittently when I am driving. According to NHTSA campaign number: 07V001000; component: Airbags. The driver's seat position sensor harness was improperly routed. I need to have the dealer replace and reroute the driver's seat position sensor.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 062015


  • 88,000 miles


I noticed that the SRS light was intermittently illuminating on the dashboard of my 2004 Honda Accord. It turns out that the driver's side seat belt buckle switch is defective, according to the dealer. Honda states in their seat belt limited warranty: Time period: This warranty continues for the useful life of the vehicle warranty coverage: Honda will repair or replace, at its option, any Honda seat belt component that fails to function properly during normal use. This includes all parts and labor charges. My Honda dealer (fairfax Honda 703-934-8500) informed me that this wasn't under warranty because the component needing repair was an electrical component. However, the Honda warranty clearly states any Honda seat belt component, and does not differentiate between electrical and mechanical components. Furthermore, because of this defective component, the air bag system will fail to deploy properly in an accident. I feel that since Honda has instituted a lifetime warranty on any seat belt component failure, they should have to repair this defect without any charge to me. I would appreciate NHTSA looking into this matter.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 102014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 68,293 miles
Air bag warning light stayed on for sometime before I could get an appointment at a repair shop. Auto repair mechanic explained that the driver side air bags would not function due to a faulty driver side seat belt buckle. Buckle was replaced on 12/17/14 & air bags were enabled.

- Rotonda West, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 122014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 129,416 miles
Air bag sensor light came on abruptly and stays on. Turned the ignition off and on multiple times but the air bag sensor light stays on.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 282013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


I was pulling into a parking space in a parking garage. When I was about 3/4 of the way into the parking space, I put my foot on the brake. Apparently my foot slipped or I had put it on the gas pedal instead of the brake. My car surged into the concrete wall about 5 feet in front of me as I pushed harder on the gas pedal because I thought I was pushing the brake. None of my 8 airbags went off and I do not believe that my seat belt tightened its tension at impact. I suffered a shattered patella, 3 broken toes, a bruised sternum and a black eye. If the airbags and seat belts had worked properly I believe my injuries would be less severe as they would have kept me from flying forward at impact. The impact was strong enough to crack the transmission case, break one engine mount, break the air conditioner, destroy the bumper and hood and cause repairable damage to the quarter panels. Your crash test reports and Honda's safety information do not seem true to me due to my personal experience.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #11

Mar 012013


  • 69,250 miles
I have noticed the air bag light comes on, took it to Honda dealership and they told me that the code is 61-10. They would order the seat belt part (special order). I was under the impression that seat belts would be covered by the warranty for the life of the car. Dealers told me "it's electrical problem in the seat belt, not mechanical" and Honda does not cover this even the language in the warranty does not express this at all. I was very disappointed how Honda would not honor the warranty. Wondering how they received high marks for customer relations. The only recourse I have is spend the $260 and never, never buy another Honda again !

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 192013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 72,031 miles
There are plenty of online posts regarding the SRS light intermittently coming on in Honda vehicles. Dealership stated that problem was due to a faulty sensor inside the seat belt buckle. Considering the magnitude of reports, there should've been a recalled issued. Although the new car warranty booklet clearly states on page 31 that there is lifetime coverage of any seat belt component "that fails to function properly during normal use, " Honda has refused to honor it per conversation w/[xxx] @ 800-999-1009 on 1/23/13 @ approximately 9:05am et. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 99,200 miles
Urgent - safety issues recently my air bag light indicator came on when I started the engine and it will stay on until I turn off the engine. This seem to be happen more frequently but it does not happen all the time. Further search on the web this seem to be a common problems for 2004 Honda Accord, below are steps that I had tried. 1/ if the light came on when the engine start, turn off the engine and start again sometimes the light goes off sometimes it does not. 2/ if the light came on when the engine start, turn off the engine then buckle the seatbelt and start, this seem to turn off the airbag light. 3/ with the engine running while in part, un-buckle the seatbelt sometimes the airbag light come on but not the seatbelt light. Other time seatbelt light on and airbag light off ( I think this is how it should be) searching through NHTSA website I found one really that might related to this on 2007 (NHTSA campaign # 07V001000) airbag frontal sensor/control module but did not receive any recall. Please help to look into this as the airbag might not work when there is an accident.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 172011

Accord 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


I have no lights in the top of the car; A/C lights nor A/C work and the door lights. I feel very unsafe not being able to see when I get in or out of my vehicle. The seat belt tightens up whether brakes are applied or not. Not having any dash lights are essential to the safety of any vehicle. Want assist!!!!!!!!!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022011


  • 71,800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated the drivers seat belt does not secure her correctly and the seat belt warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test that located the failure in the drivers seat position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure miles was 71, 800.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #6

Jul 172010


  • 38,856 miles
My 2004 Honda Accord ex started illuminating the air bag on the instrument panel. Honda replaced the left front seat belt buckle set NH361 [part # 04816-sda-A72zb] and the SRS code 61010 cleared. The seat belts were covered by a lifetime warranty.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 022010


  • 58,500 miles
2004 Honda Accord. The SRS warning light was coming on intermittently. When it came on, if I restarted car it usually disappeared. It started happening more frequently. I took it into Honda, they diagnosed it as code 61-10 left front buckle failure and replaced it under lifetime warranty.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009


  • 117,000 miles
2004 Honda Accord has an intermittent problem with the drivers seat belt. A contact in the seat belt latch is causing the air bag system to malfunction. My local Honda dealership stated that the air bag will not function with this problem. An internet search shows many Honda"S with the same problem. This problem in the seat belt disables the air bag and also disables the seat belt warning light which warns the driver if the seat belt is not latched. The Honda warranty states that ??any Honda seat belt component that fails to function properly during normal use" is covered by a lifetime warranty. However, Honda is refusing to replace the seat belt latch under warranty.

- Brazoria, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007


  • miles
Red air bag light went on in Aug of 2007, took to dealer was told the battery was bad and replaced it. I had a new battery put im the previous year (2006-July. I was then told that the SRS unit could be bad, but was not replaced. The light was then turned off. In Aug of 2008 the light turned on again, I was told the SRS unit was bad again and this would cost $500 dollars to fix, it was no longer under warranty. I am feeling taken advantage of the situation. It is now July of 2009 and the light is on again. It seems just as soon as it gets hot the light goes on. I feel this is a safety hazard and that I should not be responsible for it. Could you please help me with this problem.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 082008


  • 89,500 miles
I have complained to Honda about my transmission slipping, almost stalling out and then taking a huge normally happens when letting up off my gas...this has been ongoing for almost 2 years; last night I had the ride of my life in only a matter of seconds! I was stopping by the bank to get cash from the atm; as I let up off my gas, the car did a hard jerk and jumped the sidewalk hitting the corner of the bank. I'm so glad no one was using the atm at this time. My airbag never deployed and my seat belt released for me to get out but now it is jammed and will not pull out enough for me to wear it! with all the complaints I've found that are very similar to mine going back as early as 2003, I really feel that Honda should take these complaints more serious and that they should be held responsible for repairing the issue and any damages incurred due to the issue. I am a nervous wreck and I hope no one will experience what I just went through. There should be a thorough investigation requiring Honda to fix this problem.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 172007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While pulling into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and jumped over two curbs and a bush. The vehicle finally came to a stop when it crashed into a parked vehicle. The contact had her foot on the brake pedal during the acceleration. The air bags failed to deploy. The occupant seated in the passenger seat sustained lower back injuries because the seat belt failed to restrain the passenger and the contact. The vehicle is currently being repaired at a body shop and will be taken to the Honda dealer to be diagnosed. Police report number 07171505 was filed with the cochie county sheriff's department. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 39,000. The consumer stated the air bag light had illuminated, however there was no air bag deployment. Updated 10/10/07.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

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