Notes: Yes, the Honda Civic receives a lot of complaints because so many were sold. And sure, car parts only last so long and things eventually break. But it's never good to see this many transmission complaints, especially when the average mileage at failure is just north of 100,000 miles.

Especially when you consider that it's predecessor also has a nasty history with transmission complaints.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
34 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
31 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,177 miles

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2002 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #100

Jan 142014


  • 181,000 miles


The SRS airbag light is always on, the seat belt buckle is sensing excessive resistance in the squib for the pretensioner. We have replaced the seat belt buckle once already, and it failed again. So the SRS airbag light is on which means my airbags will not go off if involved in an accident. Is this a safety issue" I see it as a safety issue and Honda will not do anything to fix the problem. Can you please let me know if this is an issue Honda should be made to repair"

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #99

Jan 072015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My Honda has the bad air bag inflators that can break apart and injure occupants and cut the air bag. The recall to replace these inflators is listed on the Honda web site as only applying to vehicles in hot/humid climates. That was supposed to change. I have not received a recall notice because I live in Wyoming. I want to know why Honda hasn't recalled all affected vehicles, regardless of location.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #98

Dec 012014


  • miles
Letter from senator shaheen on behalf of constituent re complaint with NHTSA (attn: Peter clark) 2002 Honda Civic. Consumer would like to have the takata air bags disconnected in her vehicle.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #97

Oct 162014

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle hydro-planed during inclement weather, veering into a different lane. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle and the air bags failed to fully deploy. The contact sustained minor lacerations, injuries to the sternum and foot, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact stated that notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags) had been received. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Updated 2/3/15 updayed 02/20/15

- Coco Beach, FL, USA

problem #96

Nov 052014


  • 58,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was being repaired for NHTSA campaign number: 14V700000 (air bags), the technician informed the contact that the air bag cable was defective. The cable would impede on the deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,800.

- Miami Springs , FL, USA

problem #95

Nov 152014


  • miles
TL-the contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V349000 (air bags) however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Columbia , MD, USA

problem #94

Nov 142014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I still have not received an airbag recall. The dealer told me my passenger seat airbag is in recall...because I asked. The dealer cannot help; it has no parts. American Honda took my information without resolution. I have a case number from 10/29/14.but that's all. Us odot referred me to you. Thankfully, my auto accident record is flawless. However for the past ten years [ purchase date 2004 ] I have been subjected to the possibility of death and/or severe damage by the very item designed to protect me. And no cares about me, us, the consumer! my next car may not be a Honda. Would you care? no.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #93

Oct 302014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle veered to the left and caused the contact to crash into a barb wire fence. The vehicle rolled over. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a bruised neck that required medical attention. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Camarillo , CA, USA

problem #92

Nov 032014


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air bag cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Miami Springs , FL, USA

problem #91

Oct 282014


  • miles
I am getting nowhere with my local dealership here in austin, Texas, ( howdy Honda). The service dept. Tells me that on the drivers side part # 09hoz-14-045 is ok, but passenger side part # 09hoz-14-040 needs replacing as a danger to the passenger of exploding! they are comfortable with having me drive my Honda knowing the danger to my wife or anyone in the passengers seat as the replacement part is not available! I have suggested to the service dept. At howdy Honda to disengage the air bag system until they get the part/parts but I was told this is not a good idea! my question is ; "is it a good idea to be driving around with a ticking time bomb"! this dealership has not even offered me a safe auto to drive while the part is received by them! I am not at all pleased with the lack of concern shown me as a Honda owner! please contact me regarding this matter as I am concerned for our safety in driving this vehicle. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #90

Oct 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V349000 (air bags), but the part was not available. The dealer was unable to provide an estimated date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Greenvilla, SC, USA

problem #89

Oct 152009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 69,100 miles
The SRS (secondary restraint system) light came on. It originally happened while the was under warranty with the previous owner. Under 36,000 miles. The Honda dealer where the car was serviced reset the light, replaced the seatbelt buckle but were unable to determine the cause of the SRS light coming back on. Multiple times. I believe this means the airbags are not working. Honda accepts no responsibility for this defect. And claim that since it occurred under warranty under the former owners of the car they are not responsible for fixing it.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #88

Oct 142009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the air bag sensor illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the SRS unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of this failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #87

May 052014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
This is regarding an open recall letter that we received and we took it to the dealer and they stated that it already had been completed. Which light is still on and the letter of the recall and the light still say that it is not done but all the dealers state that it is. We are not wanting to believe that it is true. So if there is another area that I need to be at please let me know we are just looking for this stuff to be resolved and Honda held responsible for it.

- Waynesburg, OH, USA

problem #86

Jun 022004

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
This is about SRS indicator light and opds system. SRS light turned on in June 2004, at the dealership I was told "false alarm" and it was reset. The same thing happens several mounts later. In 2007 Honda issued extended warranty for opds system, in that document SRS light (stays on) is linked to opds system. By an E-mail from Honda I was told if SRS light is on (opds failure) the airbags will not deploy. This is a very important safety issue and Honda must issue a recall for the opds system.

- Burnaby, CA, USA

problem #85

Nov 122013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 179,000 miles
I had a front end collision and the air bags didn't deploy. I took the car to a repair facility and they advised that the air bags had been removed when I purchased the vehicle. I found out that the car had previously been in a front end collision and should have been totaled and not resold by ario auto located at 11216 1/2 burbank blvd. N. hollywood, ca 91601 818-643-1390.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #84

Sep 132013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle inflator and air bag issue. Consumer states appreciation for assistance from customer service at dealership. The air bag light illuminated. The dealer replaced the air bag inflator and seat belt buckle. The air bag issue, was a recalled part.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #83

Nov 052013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 35 miles
Driver attempted to stop for a stopped vehicle by putting on brake. Brake did not engage. Driver slammed brake, still did not work. Driver ran into stopped car at approximately 30 mph. Airbag did not deploy. Driver suffered head, rib and leg injury from hitting steering wheel.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #82

Sep 022013


  • miles
2002 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to passenger air bag inflator recall notice. The consumer stated he made an appointment, ten days in advance. However, when he arrived at the dealership, he was informed the part was not available. The dealer stated the part had to be ordered. He returned two weeks later, but the consumer was not convinced the part was even replaced. When the consumer retrieved the vehicle, the SRS light was still on.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #81

Aug 302013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
I was in auto accident August 30. I was the only person in my car. The passenger side air bag deployed. The driver side did not deploy. Fortunately I was not seriously injured because my seat belt saved me. Why didn't the driver side air bag deploy? if there is a problem it needs to be fixed immediately.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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