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:
30 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
34 / 1
Average Mileage:
24,687 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.

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 3)

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problem #3

Jan 152002


  • miles


My 2002 Honda Civic ex hit another vehicle squarely in the rear end while traveling approximately 15 M.P.H.. neither of the front airbags deployed! I had owned this vehicle for approximatley 7 weeks. The collision repair center could find nothing wrong with my air bags. The tow truck operator and the collision repair center told me that there was some sort of alert out for 2001 & 2002 Honda Civics where the air bags didn't deploy after a front end collision. I have not been able to find a web site to contact Honda with this problem. My auto is being repaired by G & M body shop, 2207 East 6th, stillwater, ok 74074. Their pone number is 405-377-0430. Estimated completion date of repairs is February 10th.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #2

Nov 202001


  • miles
Consumer exited the freeway behind another vehicle, the vehicle in front of the consumer suddenly moved to the right lane, and consumer braked and swerved right due to the sudden emergency, consumer hit steering wheel very hard, driver side airbag did not deploy but passenger side airbag did and the consumer was transported to the hospital, with severe chest contusions and neck injuries.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 202001


  • miles
I exited the freeway behind another car. We went over a small hill. The car in front of me moved suddenly, swerving to the right lane. At that time, it revealed to me that the traffic was stopped. I also braked and swerved right but was not able to stop in time due to the sudden emergency. I hit the car in front of me going about 40mph. I do not think that my seatbelt locked. My airbag did not deploy but my passenger side airbag did. I hit the steering wheel very hard! I had to be transported to the hospital. I have severe chest contusions and neck and back sprain/strain. My insurance co believes my car may be a total loss but my airbag did not go off"?" and because it did not go off, I was injured. Honda was contacted the next day. Nine days later, they sent an adjuster out to inspect my car (but not an engineer). I have been told there is no reason to send an engineer out the adjuster seemed to be more concerned with investigating me than why the airbag did not deploy. I would like to know why it is that I do not have a front end to my car on the drivers side and my airbag did not go off, but there is no damage to the front passenger side and that airbag went off!!! the adjuster that Honda hired to investigate the claim is dale S thumann, cpcu for csb group. He said that if I do not give him my height, weight, and social security number that Honda will just deny my claim for lack of cooperation. I am not what should be investigated the car is! he was not willing to even take the steering wheel cover off to see if there was even an airbag in the driver side! he said he was sure that was an airbag in there... "they might miss one every once in a while. They make mistakes. " (but he still did not feel it was necessary to have him or anyone else check to see if one was there or not). Please help me get to the bottom of this! I have suffered a tremendous amount of pain and aggrevation for this 3 wk old car.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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