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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,744 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 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Dec 012008


  • 62,000 miles


Was researching recalls for 2002 Honda Civics and found other car complaint resources website stating over a dozen similar complaints on SRS restraint system failure lights coming on at similar mileages for this car and has not been recalled by the manufacturer to fix this problem which is costly and seems to be a constant problem with said car model and year.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 012008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. Approximately four or five days after the vehicle was purchased, the air bag deactivation light illuminated. The dealer diagnosed the failure as a defective seat belt switch and offered to take responsibility for half of the repair costs. The dealer called the manufacturer and they stated that if the contact were to bring the vehicle to an authorized dealer, it would be repaired for free. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by an authorized dealer or repaired. The manufacturer stated that because the seat belt and harness were functioning they were unable to offer any assistance. The switch that failed in the seat belt was not covered. The failure mileage was 38,000 and current mileage was 42,500. Updated 10/16/08. Updated 10/17/08.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 282008


  • 108,537 miles
I have Honda Civic 2002. SRS light is on I take it to dealer to check & they found my driver side seat belt buckle has sensor in it makes trouble Honda warranty comes with life time warranty on the buckle but dealer say in order to fix they have to change buckle but its not covered by warranty. I call and complaint to Honda care center they made decision to pay only $95 for diagnosis fee & they will repair it for free only one time but I guess seat belt fail is also trouble with inside SRS sensor too but how com they separate this issue like a seat belt is ok but sensor is not ok and you need new sensor which comes with seatbelt buckle than pay to Honda otherwise your SRS light is on and your car airbag not working you could die by not working airbag. Your seat buckle is work but senor not working so it makes more trouble but life time warranty not cover this issue"?"

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012002


  • miles
Seat belts not long enough a few years ago Honda supplied extender's for the short neck cutting belts they had. They will no longer provide any assistance in getting a belt to fit. We are not all as small as they are, all we want is to be safely buckled in too.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 182003


  • miles
Front seat belt will not retract back into position, and it could cause seat belt to be defective in the event ofan accident. Dealer notified. Ts...

- Waldwick, NJ, USA

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