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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,684 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

Dec 122005

Civic 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles


Both front seat belts don't click you have to keep on trying may be twice for the driver side and 5 or more on the passenger side.

- Springdale, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,430 miles
While driving a collision occurred at 25 mph. The consumer's vehicle rear ended the other vehicle, which totally destroyed the front end. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. Also, the seat belts did not lock. The consumer sustained serious injuries, a broken foot and ribs.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 012004


  • 25,308 miles
While driving 30 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. The seat belt failed, causing driver's head to hit the windshield. No report of air bag deployment.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 142003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
While driving, the consumer made a left turn and was hit head on by another vehicle. Upon impact, the left front air bag failed to deploy. The driver sustained a broken neck and was hospitalized. Driver was wearing her seatbelt. The front passengers seat was unoccupied. Making a turn at 15 mph the vehicle was hit on the driver's side front. The driver is 5ft tall and sustained a broken sternum and broken neck from crash. Will fax photos of the crashed vehicle. The 80 year old driver did not strike the steering wheel. The sternum fractures are believed to be the result of the seat belt locking up during the

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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