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 5 of 7)

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problem #60

Jul 302010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


SRS unit internal failure - will likely prevent airbag deployment in an accident. SRS light constantly on. Dealer diagnostics report SRS unit internal failure.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #59

Jun 232010


  • 66,000 miles
SRS light is on. Dealer said to run scan will charge $140 dollars. Took car in for scan and shows 07-2 internal failure of SRS unit. Advise air bags won't deploy if I get in a car accident. Search internet and noticed number of people have the same issue, with same model and year.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #58

Jul 152010


  • 78,420 miles
My SRS light, the sensor that checks my airbag system, has come on in my car and it won't go off. This is the second time that it has come on, the first time that it came on was around August 2005. The dealership fixed it at no cost. I don't understand why this light would keep coming on and they can't give me a specific reason why the light has come on again.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #57

Jul 302010


  • 86,061 miles


SRS light came on without any reason... dealership assures that no recalls have been issued on my make/model of car... however acknowledged that is common scenario for my make/model year... while SRS light is lit up indicates problem with seatbelts and/or airbags, the issue with seatbelts is that they will not engage/lock when brakes are slammed on and airbags will not deploy while SRS light remains lit up... Honda charges $90 to hookup to diagnostic system to determine if seatbelts or airbags, seatbelts are covered under lifetime guarantee and airbags are not... if it is a known issue as apparently it is while viewing complaints on both and Honda forums the diagnostic fee should be waived as well as recall be issued to repair any and all issues with SRS, isn't important to ensure safety and save lives....

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #56

Mar 152002


  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the supplemental restraint system (SRS) warning light illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic testing was performed for $95. The technician stated that the SRS unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The contact was concerned about the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 2,500.

- Great Neck , NY, USA

problem #55

Apr 052010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Car: 2002 Honda Civic LX automatic problem: SRS light came off with no reason after a web search found many people complained of the same problem and Honda issued a recall for 2001 models but not for 2002 model year even the same sensors and parts are in place.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #54

Mar 202010


  • miles


The SRS light has been on for approximately 6 months. The car was on the recall list for the airbag inflater, so I took the car on 03/20/10 to be repaired. While there, the recall was fixed, however I was told that there was a problem with the SRS control module which controls the deployment of the airbag system which is not covered by the recall. Therefore, the airbags will not deploy due to an internal failure on this control unit. Upon doing a search of this problem on the internet, it seems as though this is common to a number of 2001 - 2002 Honda Civics and Accord...

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #53

Sep 092009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. While driving 40 mph she immediately had to apply the brakes which caused her to crash head first into the side of another vehicle. Both air bags deployed during the crash; however, the contact suffered a chest injury due to the pressure of the air bag. The vehicle has not been diagnosed and there were no prior warnings, the current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #52

Jun 012009


  • 55,000 miles
The SRS light is always on and the driver's seatbelt fails to engage properly. This is ongoing for at least 6 months. It often takes 6 to 8 tries to engage the seatbelt, then it becomes disengaged sometimes.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #51

May 012009


  • miles
My husband and I own a 2002 Honda Civic si. Due to the recent noticed I realized we may have the same airbag and seat belt problem. Our SRS light has been permanently on for at least 6 months and our drivers side seat belt is sticking and not always locking in place. I would like to know if my complaint will be addressed, and if my car will be put on the recall list. I have contacted a Honda dealer and they have told me my car is not on the list.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #50

Jan 062010

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer is looking for a recall on 2002 Honda Civic related to SRS system. The consumer stated the air bag light illuminated and wants to know what might be the cause.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #49

Dec 022009


  • 103,000 miles
I rearended someone and the passenger airbag deployed but not the driver side. My car is totaled and I went to the hospital because I couldn't breath.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #48

Sep 152009


  • 72,600 miles
The SRS light is always on. The light used to only come on when the car was started, but now the light does not shut off. The seat belts work fine, so I know that the light is not coming on because of a seat belt malfunction. I worry that it is an airbag problem.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #47

Jul 232009


  • 30,000 miles
Whenever the contact drives the vehicle he noticed that the SRS light had appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and the contact did not notice any differences beforehand. The current and failure mileage was at 30000. Bml

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #46

Jan 202009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. While driving at any speed, the SRS light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 32,000.

- Vzallejo, CA, USA

problem #45

Apr 242004


  • 60,000 miles
The SRS sensor light for my 2002 Honda Civic has been on in my car since I purchased it in 2004. I taken the car to the dealership who told me that they do not know what the problem is. The SRS indicator light shows airbag.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #44

Apr 052009


  • 89,005 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Civic and the SRS light just turned on for no reason. Not sure what is causing the problem but it is a big concern for me that this problem has to do with the my personal safety since this affects the seat belt functioning and the vehicle air bags.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #43

May 112009


  • miles
My SRS airbag light is on and according to the Honda dealership it is something with my seat belt. This seems to be a pretty common problem among the 2002 Honda Civics. Honda should recall the cars and repair it for free. The seatbelt repair is free but the test to determine the reason my light is on is $70. This is safety related and should be brought to everyone's attention and Honda needs to fix the situation without charging the consumers the $70 diagnostic fee.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #42

Jun 162008


  • 77,500 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Civic and the SRS light came on. The car was diagnosed and it was reported to be an airbag malfunction. I was told by the dealer and then through my own research via the internet this is a common problem. Honda reports that the have a lifetime guarantee on all seatbelts, but not the air bags. This is dangerous and I am very disappointed.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #41

Apr 012006


  • miles
Our Honda Civic 2002 also is having the same problem as described by others, in that the SRS light is on and for seemingly no reason (according to the mechanic). The mechanic reset the light, but it came back on within 2 weeks. I wouldn't care if there truly isn't anything wrong, like the mechanic states, however, in order for the car to pass state inspection, it can not be on. Thus, it will be costly for me to take it to the local Honda dealer which already has charged an arm and a leg for a transmission that had to be replaced after only having the car for less than 4 years. I was the one that pushed my husband buy a Honda for the reliability factor, but between the transmission and now the SRS issue that needs to be resolved, it's looking like my husbands 2000 Jeep Cherokee is fairing better in repairs than my Honda?? sad!!!!! very sad!!!

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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