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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,085 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 252007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving 5-10 mph, the driver side air bag deployed without warning. The driver suffered a sore arm and neck. The dealer refused to inspect the vehicle to determine the cause of failure. Approximately two days later, the passenger side air bag deployed without warning. The dealer inspected the vehicle, however, they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 117,000. The consumer stated in May 2007 the recall work was completed on the SRS due to faulty opds on the passenger side. The dealer stated check rattle under front end, needs front struts. Updated 10/18/07

- Southgate, KY, USA

problem #9

Nov 112006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,350 miles
My daughter was driving 2001 Honda Civic LX sedan equipped with side airbag optional. While she was 3rd in line of cars stopped at red light, another car proceeded to left turn from intersecting road at speed, lost control, and crashed into her driver's side door. That driver then proceeded to leave the scene of the accident...hit and run. Damage to her car extended from just forward of the driver's door, the entire driver's door, and partly onto the driver's side rear door. The side impact air bag did not deploy. Damage to the car was extensive and the car has been totaled by state farm. Impact was strong enough to shatter the driver's side window, fracture the windshield, and push the car sideways into the curb on the passenger's side, damaging both the front and rear tires on the passenger's side due to curb impact. My complaint is why didn't the side airbag deploy?

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 202005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,500 miles
Re: 2001 Honda Civic coupe with side air bags; passenger seat side airbag sensors defective (I.e. contacts broken). With no one in seat the side airbage caution light remains on. Problem due to seat pad sensor assembly failure (part no. 81122-S5P-A21). Pad assemby replaced by Honda dearlership. Repair cost was $418.55. Side air bag seat pad assemby currently not under warrenty or covered by an official safety recall. Please advise if further information is needed.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Sep 282001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


9/28/04 - on this day I have taken my 2001 Honda Civic ex to the dealer for the 5th time to deal with the side air bag warning light coming on. Over the first 4 times they have reinitialized the system and replaced the computer component. They informed me they were on the phone with their "tech support" people all morning. The only solution they could come up with is to replace the seat back. I am very concerned about this safety feature as it could lead to myself or a passenger being seriously hurt or killed in a crash. Please check into this, as I have notice there are other complaints about this on the website.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The side air bag light was on. The vehicle had been serviced by replacing the seat sensor. But, problem still existed.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I was hit directly on both driver side doors and no air bags deployed. Due to this malfunction I sustained head and neck injuries. During the period I leased the car the SRS light came on a number of times. I reported it to my dealer first he said dont worry next he said it was the way I was sitting on the seat.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 252001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


SRS light illuminates and side airbag light illuminates. Repeated problems with lights, but dealer said it was due to the way the passenger was sitting in the seat. Complaining to dealer over the past two years.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 062002


  • miles
Both frontal and side air bag lights would come on intermittently or remain on while driving. Dealer and manufacturer were notified. Vehicle taken to dealership, but SRS light is on at all times. Side air bag light comes on intermittently.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 252002


  • miles
While traveling on main street another vehicle hit consumer's vehicle on left hand side, and driver's side airbag didn't go off.

- Bellgardens, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172001

(reported on)


  • miles
While stationary vehicle was involved in a crash, and air bag on driver's side did not deploy. Contacted dealer.

- Killeen, TX, USA

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