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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
600 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

Nov 072002

(reported on)


  • 2,400 miles


Consumer stated that the seat belt will not retract back into position and can possibly cause the seat belt to become inoperative in the event of an accident. The dealer has been notified. Ts scc

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #3

May 312002


  • miles
Consumer states that in a frontal left end collison. The driver side seat belt released and the driver went through the windshield on impact. Resulting injuries.

- Union Grove, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 302002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light appears on the dashboard panel. Also, the passenger's side seat had broken while traveling on the highway. Dealership is aware of the problem. The consumer states that the passenger side seat slips, the seat belt on the drivers side will not retract and when its not in use it catches in the door, the speed controls main switch lamp had gone out.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012002

(reported on)


  • miles
The seat belt does not fully retract, it only goes about half way in before slowing down or stopping. It then gets stuck in the door when you close the door. I would expect that this would weaken the belt. This has been a problem from day one. I've already had the car to the dealer to fix this and many other problems, and, even though I had an appointment, they decided that they were too busy to look into any problems. Honda has not acknowledged my "concern" submitted via the web before christmas.

- New Haven, CT, USA

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