Notes: The 2005 Honda Accord suffers from transmission failure. It's not a huge widesperad problem like in prior years, but definitely still something to consider.

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 problems have been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
25 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,481 miles

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2005 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #41

Jun 272013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 30,149 miles


Our Honda Accord was crossing a 4-lane street from a stop sign. A car coming from the right struck the passenger side of our Honda, causing the side air bags to deploy. However, the side air bags did not inflate, causing the passenger to receive bruises and abrasions. Note: Although this Honda Accord was a 2005, it had low mileage (30,000) and was in excellent shape. The insurance co. Totaled the car.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #40

Jun 122013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included under NHTSA campaign number: 07V001000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 126,000.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #39

Apr 122013


  • 105,000 miles
Airbags failed to deploy upon impact of collision.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #38

May 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


I've noticed a faultiness with the airbag light indicator/sensor. After the engine is started, the light stays on and continues to stay on until I restart the engine, at which time the light may or may not turn off. This happens whether there is a passenger present in the passenger's seat or not. The light faultiness happens at random. Though many models of Honda Accord have been covered under a recall for the same issue, Honda is telling me my specific vehicle is not covered. This is a dangerous issue that can affect the airbag deployment, causing full-force deployment regardless of seat position.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #37

May 132013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving home from work on a Monday night, I had my phone in the front seat with me and I had heard it go off a few moments earlier. I looked over quickly at the phone to see who it was, I quickly looked back at the road, I was not able to stop quick enough and I hit the young lady in from of me. I was going about 40 mph when I hit her and there is substantial damage to my car. What really puzzled me was that my airbag did not deploy, even with an impact as big as this one. I have sustained a few injuries because of the lack of air bag.

- Lunenburg, MA, USA

problem #36

Jan 152013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the opds sensor would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but they offered no assistance to the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #35

Apr 152009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while parked, she noticed that there were fractures on the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the air bag and the clock spring would have to be replaced. The contact was concerned that the air bag would not deploy in the event of a crash. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #34

Nov 142011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
While waiting at a traffic light, I adjusted my driver side power seat and saw the air bag sensor light turn on at the same moment. I was not involved in any accident of any kind. I took it to the Honda dealer and was told that the sensor failed and it would cost $660 to replace. Apparently this sensor controls all the front airbags without which they will not deploy. I would like to add this safety complaint to the data base in case others have had the same problem.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #33

Feb 152013


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact was stopped in traffic when another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The contact's vehicle was abruptly pushed forward, causing him to crash into the rear of a preceding vehicle. None of the air bags deployed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed of the incident (#13-002818). The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the incident but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #32

Oct 132010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Supplemental restraint system indicator light remains (intermittently) illuminated beyond the normal time after starting vehicle. The problem appears to be the same as described in other "complaints" published in NHTSA recall campaign id number 07V001000. According to local Honda dealership, this vehicle is not part of the recall group and does not qualify for cost free remediation by Honda.

- Elm City, NC, USA

problem #31

Aug 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,870 miles


I was driving like any other day on the freeway and my passenger airbag deployed for no apparent reason- there was no accident at all. Luckily there was no one in the passenger seat. After contacting Honda they said they would send a representative to the local dealership to check to take care of the repair but the Honda dealership in el cerrito ca did not want to pay for the repair and wanted to charge full amount to fix it saying the car is out of warranty. I needed my car soon for my transportation so I went to my trusted mechanic to repair the airbag and he informed me it was not safe to drive becuase the driver's airbag could deploy at anytime which could result in a crash or injury or fatality. I would appreciate a full refund from Honda for cost of the repair as it came out to be $3,374.68. This cost is very high and I am not responsible for this safety malfunction. This is a major safety issue and I am very upset that Honda does not want to fix what could have possibly caused a person harm. Thank you updated 09/05/12 updated 09/10/2012

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 292012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 33,552 miles
Was driving along on highway when boom!!! the passenger side airbags just deployed on their own. It caused me to swerve and almost crash at 80 mph. My passenger luckily sustained minor injuries. There was no reason or warning for these airbags to deploy!

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 142012


  • miles
Air bag warning light coming on and off intermittently. But heard previous models have recall on this issue but not for 2005 models.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #28

Apr 042012

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag warning light, was recalled previously for the 2005 Honda Accord, but not for the id number for my vehicle, warning light comes on and off often, was recalled for problem with harness wiring short, was told my vehicle, did not qualify for repair. Under previous recall.

- Hawthorne,, CA, USA

problem #27

Dec 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My air bag light was lit, I took it to Honda they re-set something, 5 minutes later as I was leaving it lit up again. Took it back they said they had to do diagnostics, ordered a wiring harness, installed that. I drove to Florida and back 1300 miles round trip and the light is back on meaning my bags will not deploy. I have had a very difficult time getting this addressed. Honda (apple tree in fletcher, nc) had my car from tue-sat and I had to rent a car due to their negligence. Now I have to drive back over there 1 1/2 hour drive one way and see what is going on. I noticed there have been similar issues, but that my VIN was not covered. Please advise. I am still driving an unsafe car and have spent countless hours going back and forth and paying for a rental car.

- Bryson City, NC, USA

problem #26

Feb 242012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 102,396 miles
My 2005 Accord had an illuminated supplemental restraint system (SRS) light. The Honda dealer diagnosed it down to a broken driver seat sensor harness; fault codes 71-10 (drivers seat pos sensor) and A2-10 (faulty pwr supply). This condition is exactly the same as described in Honda service bulletin 07-002, "safety recall: Driver's seat position sensor harness replacement." Just as described in the bulletin, the wires on the harness become damaged and in fact were completely broken away from the plug end. However, my VIN falls outside the affected VIN's listed in the service bulletin and is not covered under this action. Furthermore, I feel the dealer charged more than necessary for the repair: They charged 1.96 hrs of labor (at $97/hr), or $190, and $15.20 for the part totaling $205.20. In comparison, the service bulletin calls for 0.6 hrs of labor, which when added to the part cost would have totaled $73.40. Bottom line: Honda did not provide the proper fix for damaged driver's seat position harness's in later production vins. Since they continue to cause the same unsafe condition, Honda must be compelled to increase the scope of this recall.

- Camden, DE, USA

problem #25

Aug 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Airbag light comes on either while vehicle is in motion or upon starting the ignition and remains on.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #24

Feb 072012


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle crashed into a wall and the air bag did not deploy. The driver sustained a head injury during the crash. The contact did not notify the manufacturer regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Homested, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 012011


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact noticed that the air bag light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred intermittently but with time became permanent. In addition, the seat belt warning light would not illuminate when the seat belt was not engaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Dania, FL, USA

problem #22

Sep 162009


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not inspected for the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id numbers: 04V551000 and 07V001000 (air bags:frontal) but did not confirm if the failure within the vehicle was related to the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- Nederland, TX, USA

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