really awful
Crashes / Fires:
63 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
38 / 1
Average Mileage:
13,743 miles

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1998 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Feb 172011


  • 180,000 miles


98 Honda Civic driving down freeway doing anywhere between 60-65mph when passenger air bag deployed. There were no sudden stops or pot holes to have caused this; the vehicle was not in a accident. The air bag cracked the windshield.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #75

Aug 262008


  • 114,000 miles
I was involved in an accident broadside another car with my front end. The front of my car ended up being totaled and my 1998 Honda Civic ex airbag did not deploy. I contacted both Honda corporate and they referred me to there 2 field specialists. There reply was my seat belt sensor told my airbag sensor it did not need to deploy. Honda said I had no case with them. I think all I got is the run around. I honestly want the answer to this question. Also to know why Honda does not stand behind what they make. I believe the airbag failed for some reason!! I have had 2 prior neck surgeries and received several injuries from this accident.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #74

Feb 102008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles
On Feb. 10, 2008, I was driving my Honda Civic LX on highway 400, junction 89, my car lost control, and because there were snow on the ground, I cannot stop the car, I keep on pumping the brake, as if I used the ABS, I would have slide down to the valley. However, I was not able to have control of the car at all and it hit head on the guard rail, the whole front and engine was completely crushed. With such kind of impact, the air bag should deploy, but it did not deploy, the car was unrepairable and is a total write off. The police and the ambulance took me to the hospital. However, this is not the first time that the air bag did not deploy, as one time a woman came out from a plaza without looking that it is all clear, her truck hit the right side and the right front of my car, the air bag did not deploy either.

- Newmarket, 00, USA

problem #73

Aug 292007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,559 miles


I am looking for help. My 98 Honda Civics airbags deployed for no reason at all. I parked my vehicle, turned the ignition off & both air bags exploded in my face! don carlton Honda in tulsa did look at the car & stated it is not their problem. My insurance company says the damage is not covered because it is a manufacturer malfunction. As I am conducting my research, I found that the inferior algorithms is a known airbag defect and that they can deploy or fire for no reason, which is exactly what happened to me. The dealership does not believe me. I am out $3,800 assett, I have no transportation, I am a single mother going to school full time, this is very stressful. I am so afraid that this could have happened as I was traveling down the highway at 65 mph with my 2 yr old in the car! we could have been killed! how many other Honda drivers are at risk? the consumer stated incured $188 in tow charges and would like to be reimbursed for such charges. The consumer provided pictures of the defect, recall notice, and the value of the vehicle obtained through kelley blue book. Updated 12/12/07

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #72

Sep 151999

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1) SRS light has been on since purchasing vehicle in 1998. 2) vehicle has been in no accidents, no way to tell if air bags will deploy. 3) dealer was unable to check equipment on saturdays, until recently, which means equipment is out of warranty.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #71

Oct 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
After being rear ended at approximately 50 mph, the consumer struck the vehicle in front of his vehicle and the driver seat back broke. The air bag did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #70

Jun 012000

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Drivers side airbag light was staying on when car was in and out of warranty. While car was in warranty the airbag light was reset. I couple months later when the car was out of warranty the light came back on, resulting in replacement of entire air bag unit, at my expense.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #69

Oct 012004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph, the vehicle collided with a horse. Upon impact, the air bags did deploy. The driver and passenger sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #68

Apr 142004


  • 54,000 miles
While driving between 40-45 mph vehicle went over a dip in the road. This resulted in both frontal air bags deploying. Driver sustained hand bruises and burns from the contents in the air bags and when it deployed. Also, air bags cracked the front windshield. Vehicle found currently at a body shop.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #67

Jan 222004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,985 miles
In a severe head-on crash that totaled my 1998 Honda Civic ex both the driver's and passenger airbags failed to deploy. According to the police, body shop and other witnesses along with the supplemental restraint guide provided with the vehicle, the crash fit the exact description and criteria of one where the airbags should deploy. In investigating this problem on the NHTSA website, I came across a recall for this problem (dated October 97 - 3 months before I leased the car) I have all documentation for the vehicle and can find no reference to either this recall being performed nor receiving notice of said recall.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #66

Apr 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,935 miles


While turning left at 15 mph, red light runner moving at 40+ mph hit the left driver side of car, turning it completely around causing substancial front end damage ($5000+). driver and passenger sustained slight injuries while no airbag(s) deployed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #65

Jan 022002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags did not deploy.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #64

Jan 082003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
I was involved in a head-on collision at 35mph and the airbag did not deploy.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #63

Jan 262003


  • miles
Accident occurred and air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been notified.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #62

Dec 242002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I was traveling on a wet road at 40mph. When applied brakes, the body of the vehicle jerked forward abruptly and the brakes locked up on me, causing the vehicle to skid off road. The vehicle hit concrete blocks and totaled the front end. The air bags failed to deploy.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #61

Nov 132002


  • miles
Consumer collided in the rear of another car travelling approximately 30-35mph. Both the driver and passenger air bags did not deploy.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #60

Sep 102002


  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a T-bone collision of 40-45 mph impact and neither air bag deployed. Dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. Feel free top provide any further information.

- Stony Ridge, OH, USA

problem #59

Jun 202002


  • miles
Consume rinvolved in a head-on collision at 50 mph, and air bags did not deploy.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #58

Jul 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was going 35mph when frontal air bags didn't deploy. Vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Honda was notified.

- Irving, MA, USA

problem #57

Jul 262002


  • miles
I was involved in a rear end collision that pushed me into the car in front of me. I was stopped at an intersection along with the car in front of me. We were both stopped turning left. Upon inpact none of the airbags deployed. I had serve brusing from the seatbelt. My front selt (driver side) was broken becouse the impact was so harsh.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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