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.


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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 #1

Feb 262002

(reported on)


  • miles


The problem is not a failure. The problem is that rear seatbelts are not long enough to go around my wife or myself when wearing a winter coat. We contacted Honda to see if they could provide a seatbelt extender. They said that they do not provide or recommend the use of seatbelt extenders. We had seatbelt extenders for a previously owned Volvo that had front seatbelts that did not go around my wife. The did not go around my wife because my wife is 5 feet 2 inches tall and she had to keep the front seat forward. While Volvo also did not recommend the use of seatbelt extenders, they provided them as they were better than using no seatbelt. We would argue that a longer seatbelt or seatbelt extenders are a safer alternative to not using seatbelts. We also belive that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to provide a seatbelt or extenders that would make the car safe. However, a reasonable cost to make the back seatbelts more usable would not be objectionable.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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