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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,515 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

problem #4

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 #3

Nov 012002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Contact stated that vehicle had its steering changed twice.the passenger seat would not work. She took the vehicle to the dealership, they fixed the seat. The passengers side seat was broken. The safety restraint system light came on the dashboard. She took the vehicle to the dealership to have the lights reset. The light was on again. The contact's vehicle was involved side impact crash. Upon impact, side airbags did not deploy.

- Manhattan , NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 302004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle in front suddenly stopped consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a concrete barrier. The vehicle bounced off the barrier. Driver's side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger's side air bag did deploy. Driver sustained head and back injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company. This caused the vehicle to turned backwards facing traffic in the opposite direction, and was hit twice head on. The driver side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger side did deploy. The driver sustained head and back injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was towed and totaled out by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 092002


  • miles
In a rear end collision only passenger's side airbag deployed, causing major injuries to driver.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

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