Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
57 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
61 / 4
Average Mileage:
50,377 miles

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #118

Apr 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


2001 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to dealership unable to complete recall and consumer wants to be removed from recall mailing list. The consumer stated the first the dealer assured him, his vehicle was not a part of the recall. The second time he went to the dealer, it was due to the inconsistent recall notices, and the dealer informed him, the part was not in stock.

- Northfield, MA, USA

problem #117

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
We got into a head on collision with a SUV receiving damage to the front of the car. None of the airbags deployed, but both deployed in the other car (SUV). There were two recalls for our Honda Civic airbags in 2010 and 2013. In both recalls our Honda Civic was serviced and the "driver airbag inflator" was replaced. We were told the repairs were made, but the airbags never deployed. We do not want this to happen to anyone else.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #116

May 102013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle defective passenger front air bag inflator. The consumer stated his son was the primary driver of the vehicle. On May 10, 2013, his son was involved in an accident and the vehicle was declared a total loss. A month after the accident, the consumer received a recall notice, informing him of a defect in the passenger front air bag inflator, which could produce excessive internal pressure upon deployment. The day of the accident, both air bags failed; the driver's side didn't open although it had been previously fixed by the dealer, and the passenger side opened with so much pressure that it broke the windshield and caused a fire inside the vehicle.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #115

Jan 172013


  • 135,000 miles


I hydro planed in rain, ran of the road and struck a tree head on. The drivers airbag never deployed. The passenger airbag did deploy.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #114

Jul 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to air bag recall notice. The consumer stated the nearest Honda dealer, was 270 miles away, round trip, and he would like to make arrangements for a non-Honda dealer, closer to him, to perform the recall. The consumer stated he is past 80 years old, and can no longer drive long distances, due to physical limitations.

- Saguache, CO, USA

problem #113

Jul 092013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact received notification of \NHTSA campaign id number: 13V132000 (air bags) and stated that the dealer informed her that the part needed to complete the repair was not available. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #112

Mar 102013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 180,626 miles


I bought this vehicle and then found out there are $3000 minimum issues with the vehicle. Including replacing the transmission because of the defective torque converter, the airbags aren't working properly, the rear window won't roll down. Also, the evaporation sensor and canister need to be replaced and I cannot find the right part to replace it. The SRS light is on because of the seatbelt issue, the check engine light is on because of the transmission problem from the torque converter and the cruise control doesn't work even though the lights say that it is engaging.

- Winooski, VT, USA

problem #111

Nov 132012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had already been repair under a recall related to the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #110

Aug 012011


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the air bag system needed to be repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #109

Apr 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that he notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V260000 (air bags: Frontal:driver side inflator module). The contact stated that the year of his vehicle however, was omitted from the recall campaign. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the vehicle was in fact included in the recall. The contact wanted to have the letter amended to reflect that his vehicle year was included in the recall. The VIN was unavailable. The failure contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sunnyside, NY, USA

problem #108

Mar 042012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 157,361 miles


Was driving on bluegrass parkway in Kentucky. My check engine light came on. I hit a small bump in the road and both airbags deployed. I tried getting out of harms way. Then my engine cut off. I had no power steering and brakes it wouldn't stop the car. I went off the road and hit a tree causing severe damage to my car. Honda placed a recall in December 2011 but never contacted me of the recall. I was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Suffered wrist and ankle damage so who is responsible"??"

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #107

Aug 202011


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 40 mph and lost control of the vehicle. The contact crashed into a pole and both the driver and the passenger air bags deployed. The passenger air bag released metal particles that caused injuries to the contact's neck and right arm. The vehicle was repaired but the air bags were not replaced. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- San Juan , PR, USA

problem #106

Sep 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer states air bag did not deploy during an accident the consumer stated she received a recall letter regarding safety problems with the air bag after she was involved in an accident. The consumer suffered a broken leg.

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #105

Jan 172011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS warning indicator illuminated as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V593000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflater module). The technician stated that an additional repair had to be performed for the air bag to function properly, at the owners expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem and was unable to provide assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated08/01/11 updated 09/12/11

- South Berwick, ME, USA

problem #104

May 022011


  • miles
I received a notice in 2010 regarding an airbag safety recall for my car. I called a local Honda dealership on June 25, 2010 to schedule an appointment. However, I was never called back. I was told that the parts would be ordered and it would take 1-2 days to receive and once the parts were received, I would be contacted to schedule an appointment then. I never received the call again and I assumed it may have taken longer for the parts to be received so I had waited longer. I received the same recall notice again this year and suddenly remembered that I had tried to schedule the appointment since last year. It has obviously been more than 60 days since I had first contacted the dealer for an appointment.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #103

Jul 012010


  • 94,000 miles
SRS light came on in July 2010, I took it in to my local mechanic to take a look. The computer code said it was a faulty seatbelt buckle assembly so they ordered the part and replaced it. A few weeks later the SRS light came back on. I took it back to my mechanic and they said it was likely the whole SRS unit that is bad because they could not get the computer code to clear. The mechanic suggested I take it to the Honda dealer to get it fixed since it is a safety issue and should be covered under warranty. I took it to a Honda dealer but was told it would not be covered under warranty, regardless of the issue. I contacted Honda America Corp and they explained that only the seatbelts are covered under an extended warranty and that the supplemental restraint system is not covered, as it is an additional safety feature. I have no working airbags now and Honda will not fix this, despite there being recalls for the same issue on other 2001 Civics

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #102

Oct 182010

(reported on)

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer writes to notify NHTSA of events related to recall the consumer stated he requested additional repairs be made to the vehicle which included the trunk latch which failed to latch properly and the fuel door level that was not working. According to the repair invoice, the trunk release cable was replaced and the fuel door level repaired. The consumer stated when he retrieved the vehicle, he noticed the SRS warning light was on, even though that was the main reason for taking the vehicle in to be serviced under the recall. The dealer informed the consumer the issues described were not related to the recall repairs and further testing would require an additional fee of $95. The consumer stated the dealer failed to correct the recall.

- Williston Park, NY, USA

problem #101

Jun 192010


  • 85,799 miles
The SRS light is on my 2001 Honda Civic. Every time I take it to the dealer, they tell me a different reason for the SRS light coming up. I'm not sure if my driver/passenger airbags work. I searched the internet and found that several people had the same problem with their 2001 Honda Civic. Honda needs to recall for this problem.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #100

Aug 152010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving on a wet road at 45mph, she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The vehicle flipped over three times. The contact was injured from being ejected from the seat belt and out of the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The passenger was also injured and hospitalized. A police report was available. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot by the police. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #99

Oct 202009


  • 167,000 miles
SRS system in 2001 Honda Civic mostly non-functioning. Light always returns. Completion of air bag recall in 2009 left light still on--drove away from dealer like this and they had no problem with light on. Was advised by to office that problem was code not reset. Returned to have code "reset" which dealer claimed was not the problem. Light back on again. The SRS system does not function properly, period.

- Chatham On Canada, 00, USA

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