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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 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 #2

Mar 312007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


I own a 2001 Honda Civic. At 45,000 miles the safety restraint system light came on. Since it was a safety issue Honda should be responsible for investigating and repairing the defect. However, Honda disputed this. If the airbag didn't deploy or seat belts didn't work serious injury could be incurred.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 012006


  • miles
We have had two Honda Civics now. The first was a 96 that the SRS light came on. It was estimated at $900. To repair and it would not pass Virginia state inspection till it did. We got another car but just before that we bought a 2001 Civic for the daughter to drive to and from college. Shortly after buying the SRS light came on. After much research it seems or two was not a fluke. The internet is is loaded with complaints from owners who have the same problem and dealers fleecing the public with repairs. Basically if your driving around with the light on you don't know if your air bags will deploy. If you try to get it fixed, it's a huge bill. How can Honda and the government blatantley disregard this serious safety defect and pass the responsibility onto the consumer? this is crazy. I recommend you take a look at google for" Honda SRS light" and review the chatter. Then look at all the work around folks are using meanwhile disregarding safety of passengers. Honda needs to fix this obvious problem regarding the safety of the people driving their products.

- King George , VA, USA

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