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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4 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 #2

Aug 182006


  • miles


My 7 1/2 year old son got into the back side passenger seat of my mother's Honda Civic, (we were visiting them from out of town)-- I was driving, and my mother was in the front passenger seat. I had assumed my son was buckled in (he always is able to do so without any problems, and has done so for a long time now), and we had gone down the road for a couple of minutes, and I looked back at him and the seat belt was not buckled, but the length of it had looped around his neck somehow, and was tight around his neck. He said "I can't breathe, " and his face was red. I immediately stopped, jumped out and ran around the back to try to dislodge him, but could not pull the strap at all from where it goes back into the top of the seat area above his head--it had locked in the ratcheting mechanism and would not release and in fact, as I pulled on it, it seemed to only get tighter. I yelled to my mother who was in the front seat-- she realized what was going on, and she grabbed a large pair of scissors (miraculously, she keeps them in her car...) and we were able to cut the belt and get my son released. Had she not been there, and had she not kept the scissors in the car, (I never would have known she kept scissors), well, I cannot even deal with such an unthinkable possibility. It would have been tragic, whatever the particular outcome.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #1

May 312003


  • Manual transmission
  • 7 miles
The middle seatbelt in the back does not work. I have taken it to the dealership and they could not get it to come out. If it is against the law if you don't have your seatbelt on why isn't it mandatory that they fix this problem? also when you turn the rear defroster on and have the heater on the radio does not work.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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