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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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.

2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 092001


  • miles
Driver airbag did not deploy when car crashed into ditch. The driver seatbelt locked properly but did not retract to prevent the driver from flailing from the second impact. The driver was the only occupant of the car.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #1

Jun 302001


  • miles
6 year old child became entangled in rear center shoulder belt (unfastened). Belt retracted in the process constricting the child's abdomen. Mother could not free child due to locking mechanism built into seat belt. Auto dealership and police officer came to scene and could not free child from the belt. Belt constricted to the point that the child was unable to breath. Belt was cut freeing the child.

- Normal, IL, USA

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