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:
46 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
36 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,175 miles

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2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Dec 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,770 miles


I rear-ended another vehicle at approximately 60 mph on interstate I-95 in dade county, Florida. My air bag did not inflate to protect me. I suffered serious injuries and was taken by paramedic to parkway regional medical center where I was admitted through the emergency room.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #39

Oct 232005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,381 miles
Our 2001 Honda Civic was involved in a head -on collision yesterday and the drivers side air bag did not deploy - crash speed was about 25-30 mph. Passenger side air bag did deploy.

- Farmington, CT, USA

problem #38

Jan 162005


  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I was in a frontal collision in my 2001 Honda Civic ex. I was traveling about 35 miles per hour when a car merged into the intersection in front of me- I hit the drivers side door. The air bag in the drivers car deployed. Mine did not. That does not seem right. My car was totaled in the crash, and my insurance adjustor was also surprised my air bag did not deploy.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #37

Feb 092005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 30 mph, the vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, the driver's air bag failed to deploy. However, the passenger air bag deploy. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #36

Dec 232004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I was driving a Honda Civic 2001 and was in an accident with front crash. The driver side airbag did not open. However, the passenger side airbag opened. This caused some injuries to my neck, chest and also bruised my knees. Car is deemed to be total for repair.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 202003

Civic 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Noticed that the SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the SRS unit needed to be replaced.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #34

Sep 162004


  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


After being involved in an accident whereby the front end of the vehicle rear ended another at approximately 40 mph. The passenger side air bag deployed, the driver side did not. The seat belt retractor gave way and the consumers body was thrown forward.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #33

Jul 302004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I was driving on the mass pike at approximately 65 mph and when traffic slowed in front of me I was unable to stop quickly enough. I squarely rear-ended the car in front of me and the airbags did not deploy. The SRS light was not on prior to the accident. I was wearing my seatbelt, but sustained severe neck and back injuries from the accident. The autobody expert who fixed my vehicle reported that the airbags should have gone off. Also, Honda America told me there is nothing they can do about it and if the SRS light is not on constantly, the airbags are functioning properly, which is obviously not true.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #32

Aug 032004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,600 miles
While going about 40mph hit brakes and they locked up which caused me to slide into the car in front of me which was at a complete stop which then also caused me to slam against the stering wheel which broke all of the front dash because of such hard impact from my body my airbag did not deploy which caused neck and back injuries also had some deep gashes from my forhead to my ankles. If I had a airbag deploy I may not have been so injured why my brakes locked I don't know!

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #31

Jun 292004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 10 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon, impact passenger frontal air bag deployed. However, driver's frontal air bag failed to deploy. Driver and passenger sustained major injuries, and were taken to the hospital the next day.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #30

Jun 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


SRS sensor light stays on. Consumer is concerned that when involved in a collision the air bags will not deploy upon impact. Dealer replaced the whole computer system. However, problem still exists.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 022004


  • 47,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph consumer's vehicle crashed into the back of a sport utility vehicle. Driver's side front clipped the right rear section of the vehicle in front. Consumer was wearing seat belts but the belt did not lock. Also, upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained neck and shoulder injuries due to striking the steering wheel. Consumer was cited for failure to control the vehicle.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #28

Jun 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,000 miles
While driving 45 mph, consumer down shift vehicle. In the process, consumer lost control of vehicle running into two brick wall. Without in indication vehicle frontal air bags did not deploy resulting in a total loss of vehicle. The vehicle hit 2 brick columns in the front and back.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #27

Nov 152003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph on wet pavement, the consumer made a turn and without warning, the vehicle hydro-planed causing the consumer to lose control of vehicle running head on into a pole. The frontal air bags did not deploy. The consumer did not report the incident to the police.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #26

May 122004


  • miles
While driving at 65 mph, the consumer lost control of the vehicle and hit a guardrail head on. The consumer stated, that both frontal air bags failed to deploy upon impact. The consumer sustained injuries as a result of the crash. Please provide any other details.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 042004


  • miles
My parents were driving in a 2001 Honda Civic in cleveland, Ohio. They were driving on icy roads on freeway and car next to them lost control, slamming both cars head on into concrete wall median. The air bags never went off. Then the car kept spinning and slid across road and hit guard rail on other side of road and again the air bags never went off.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #24

Dec 012003


  • miles
While driving 65 mph driver applied brakes and they locked up, causing the driver to skid and rear end another vehicle. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained back and neck injuries, and was transported by ambulance to hospital. Also, vehicle was totaled.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #23

May 242003


  • miles
The consumer's vehicle rear ended another motorist, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Newark, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while traveling 60 mph. Neither the front driver nor passenger air bag deployed.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #21

Mar 082003


  • 11,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

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