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:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,804 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #16

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 #15

Jan 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2005 Honda Accord coupe. The airbag symbol light on the panel stays on intermittently once I start my car.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 202010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The seat position sensor (sps) wiring harness in my 2005 Honda Accord is broken causing the air bag warning light to be illuminated and the sps to fail. Please note that this symptom is identical to that addressed by recall number: 07V001000, which applied to certain 2004 and 2005 Honda Accord. However, my VIN number is not included in the Honda recall. I believe that the omission of my 2005 Honda Accord's VIN from recall number 07V001000 is in error and should be corrected. The Honda dealer changed an initial $95.07 for diagnosing the problem, and has offered to install a new wiring harness at my expense. At this time no action has been taken. The faulty wiring harness is still installed and the air bag light is still illuminated and the sps is still in failure mode.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 102010


  • 45,200 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact was traveling between 40-50 mph when a vehicle abruptly turned left in front of the driver. The driver was unable to stop his vehicle in time and proceeded to crash into a second vehicle. The air bags only partially deployed. The driver was severely injured and transported to a trauma center. A police report was available. The driver sustained a broken wrist, severed thumb and severe bodily contusions in the upper torso. The manufacturer was not contacted and the failure had not been investigated by the manufacturer. The contact was handling the crash through the her insurance company. The failure and current mileages were 45,200.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

May 142010


  • 53,000 miles
The airbag light illuminated on my 2005 Honda Accord. Took to dealer who said it was the driver seat module and would cost $300. Checked previous Honda recalls and the same complaint was recalled for 81000 cars but mine wasn't listed (recall 07V001000 there are a few other complaints indicating the same problem and as this is an important safety issue, perhaps Honda should extend its recall to include my vehicle. I asked Honda customer service when my vehicle was manufactured (to determine if the date was around the period when the other cars were recalled) but they said they didn't have that info.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 122010


  • miles
The seat belts in the 2005 Honda Accord hybrid provided no safety in a collision. The airbags also failed to deploy in the same collision. I was the passenger in the front seat of a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid when we rear ended a Volvo S-80. The Volvo then struck an Altima. The Accord struck the Volvo with considerable force. The Volvo's trunk was damaged and would not open. The structural bar in the Accord protecting the radiator was also bend beyond repair. I had the passenger seat as far back as it would go and was wearing my seat belt. During the collision my knees struck the front dash and swelled. The driver also suffered severe knee pain mostly likely from striking her knees against the dash or steering column. I believe the airbags should have deployed. Even if the bags did not deploy then the seat belts should have held. The seat belts in the 2005 Honda Accord hybrid provided no safety in a collision.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #10

Mar 122010


  • 72,000 miles


The airbag warning light on my 2005 Honda Accord ex-L was illuminated. I took the vehicle to my Honda dealer and they replaced the wiring subharness. This was the same symptom, issue and resolution as NHTSA campaign #06E064000. My vehicle was not in the included in the VIN numbers recalled per that campaign and I feel that Honda didn't resolve the manufacturing defect by the time my vehicle was produced. In other words, I don't think Honda recalled all vehicles affected.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 202010


  • 39,100 miles
Airbag frontal sensor control module.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 012008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Accord, ex, V6, 4 door sedan. The air bag light is on. Dealer said the driver's air bag sensor in the seat is defective. According to NHTSA there is a recall for this part, but Honda says not for my VIN.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 132009


  • 33,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. When the engine was started, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact turned off the engine in hopes that the indicator would reset; however, it remained illuminated. The dealer wanted to charge him to diagnose the failure, but the contact was not willing to pay. A report was not filed with the manufacturer, but they stated that the dealer will need to diagnose the vehicle. The contact will take the vehicle back to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The current and failure mileages were 33,200.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #6

May 292007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. While driving 35 mph on the highway the vehicle was hit on the passenger side and pushed across 3 lanes into a parking lot. The vehicle stopped when it was backed into a light pole. The front and side air bags did not deploy. The road conditions were normal. The vehicle was towed to a garage. The driver had cuts and bruises; his wife was seated in the front passenger seat and suffered a broken eye socket and bruises. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders and mileage were unknown. The consumer provided pictures of the damaged vehicle. Updated 07/18/07

- Centerville, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 022006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
While my son was driving my vehicle, a 2005 Honda Accord ex-L, he was involved in a head-on crash in which he was injured and the vehicle received heavy damage. My son was taken to the hospital due to cervical spine, lumbar and chest injury. The vehicle had struck another vehicle at a speed of about 35 mph and the airbag failed to deploy. On the dashboard the airbag sign did light on, however, no airbag had deployed. The seat belt pre-tensioner had fried since the seat belt was locked and was not retracting in addition, the seat belt pre-tensioner had fries. I had contacted Honda North America, and they reported there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and the vehicle behaved as it was suppose to. However, after contacting NHTSA, the representative stated with a 2005 Honda Accord, if the seat belt pre-tensioner fires, the airbag should fire simultaneously, who then suggested me to submit a claim to NHTSA. The vehicle did undergo repair authorized by the insurance company. The seat belt was replaced in addition to the airbag module and other associated items. However, the old items are not available.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 162007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
I was traveling West bound on West 84th street in hialeah, Florida. A vehicle made a left turn failing to yield the right of way and crashed with me. The air bag deployed with excessive force causing me all kind of injuries, pain, bruises, etc. I sustained a fracture on my right finger, chest and neck pain and contusion. Arms contusions and body pains. I strongly believe that the air bag malfunctioned and caused all these pains, bruises and injuries.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 312005


  • miles
A head on collision resulted in an airbag malfunction. The airbag exploded and discharged metal fragments causing injury to the driver. The airbag was replaced when car was repaired.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 012005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The contact's vehicle was involved in a multiple vehicle crash. This vehicle was the fourth to collide with the other vehicles. Upon impact, ,both frontal airbags failed to deploy and the driver side seat belt did not restrain her properly. The seat belt allowed her to collide with the steering wheel and caused minor bruises. The frontal collision caused frame damage to vehicle. A police report taken at the scene. The vehicle is currently at a collision center being inspected.

- Phildelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 262005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My wrists were severely burned from a steering wheel airbag deployment. I was hit head-on. My vehicle was stopped.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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