really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
24 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,760 miles

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2003 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Nov 032014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 158,000 miles


I was making a left hand turn and got hit at 45 mph on front drivers side. My passenger air bag deployed, but my drivers air bag did not deploy. My head struck the drivers side window and in result I had a forehead laceration that needed 24 stitches.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #48

Sep 172013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 143,250 miles
Hello, the vehicle passing through culvert and hit the crossbar with the road, and the airbag automatically opened, the blow was slightly below and nothing drastic, the car has never been nor ever collided head back. I think the airbags are faulty, what should I do.

- Aguirre, PR, USA

problem #47

Nov 112014


  • 83,000 miles
Came in today to tampa Honda for a scheduled appointment for the air bag recall and service advisor [xxx] advised me that the parts are not available even though the dealership sent me two emails confirming that the service would be performed today. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #46

Nov 062014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. The contact received notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags), NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (air bags) and NHTSA campaign number: 12V136000 (exterior lighting). However, the parts needed were unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 292014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
Air bag light came on. Determined is was code 9-3 driver seat belt switch.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #44

Oct 162014


  • 124,174 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,174.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #43

Oct 242014


  • miles


My vehicle is included in airbag recall 14V-349 dated July 21, 2014. I have not received a recall notice, the dealer cannot order parts because Honda hasn't released a replacement part number, the dealer will not disconnect my airbags (Toyota recommends this short-term procedure until parts are available), and american Honda (1-800-999-1009, [xxx] @ [xxx]) will not return my calls. I am moving to Florida Nov 12, and do not have a car to drive. Is Honda required to complete recalls within a designated period, or can they extend repairing vehicles indefinitely until they eventually rust away? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #42

Oct 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
This defective part is in my vehicle. I checked with american Honda. This defect has caused deaths and serious injuries to drivers when air bag is deployed. Honda cannot replace it at this time and it can cause me serious injury and accidents. Please have Honda change this immediately or remove air bag and replace with a new one immediately.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #41

Oct 102014


  • 148,000 miles
I don't know if this is right form but I have a complaint with Honda. I have a recall on my car and they do not have the parts manufactured to remedy the recall. They will not provide any other solution. I called the Honda recall department and my case manager never got back to me; they had told me it was going to be 24-48 hours until they got back to me and she never has gotten back to me. I want a loaner vehicle until my car can be fixed. They did not authorize this. I told [xxx] on the phone that I was going to start recording the conversation to make sure I had everything correct and she said "you do not have my permission to record this call" and hung up. If the remedy is not available for my car, I want a car in the interim until my vehicle can be fixed and safe to drive. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #40

May 232013


  • 173,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. While driving downhill at 55 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floor when the brakes were engaged. The driver crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The driver side frontal air bags failed to deploy. The driver's head struck the windshield, which created a cut on his head and brain swelling. The driver received medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V353000 (air bags) after the crash occurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 173,000.

- Juncos , PR, USA

problem #39

Jun 182014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the SRS light had illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air bag inflator module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 11/14/14 the consumer stated the vehiicle was repaired. The consumer would like to be reimbursed for the repairs. Updated 8/12/2015

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #38

Apr 122012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
I just pulled out of parking lot onto road knowing that within the next 200 ft I was approaching stop light I was doing about 15-20 mph. I saw the car stopped for light and stepped on my brakes my car never attempted to slow down or stop until it impacted with rear of vehicle stopped at light. 2nd accident: As crossing intresection a car pulled over into my lane I applied brakes and car did not attempt to slow down or brakes work my car did not stop until it impacted with rear of vehicle in front of me.3rd accident: As pulling off from green light approaching traffic at next stop light cars started braking at which time I applied my brakes I was well within stopping distance if my brakes had worked. They went all the way to the floor and the car started sliding and it was as if the car picked up speed after hitting my brakes with both feet. My seat bealt did not work (I hit stearing wheel) nor did the air bag my car did not slow down or attempt to until impact with other vehicle rear bumper. Upon impact I hit the sterring wheel and my knee hit the dash.I have major damage to my vehicle the front bumper is tottally gone, the radiator blew up my car was smoking and the hood is bowed up. The car was not drivable. When the tow truck arrrived and actually saw the impact. He quickly stated " the breaks did not work in your car did they? " I was very surprised but he could actually tell my car did not stop or attempt to stop until impact with rear of other vehicle. And he stated he thought Honda had a recall on these for the brakes and air bags. This car has many recalls and complaints. I'm scared to get in the vehicle again! I need help and advise on what to do next. I do not want another person to go through what I have been through and could greatly lead to fatality. Very concerned about safety of 2003 Honda Civic! I need to know what to do with this vehicle!

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #37

Aug 042014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 78,721 miles
The airbag/ SRS light went off and Honda dealer said it was the seatbelts and required a $530 repair. I am not sure why this is not covered under a warranty for safety.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #36

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure continued to occur continuously for over a year. The vehicle was taken to the dealer in July for diagnostic testing and they advised her that it was dangerous to drive the vehicle in the event of a crash since the air bags may not deploy. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V351000 (air bag), however the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Minehill, NJ, USA

problem #35

Jun 032014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. While attempting to decelerate at an unknown speed, the contact depressed the brake pedal and it became stuck to the floorboard. The failure caused the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The seat belts failed to restrain the contact and the front air bag failed to deploy. As a result, the contact sustained injuries to the head, neck and back. The second driver also sustained injuries. The contact received medical attention and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #34

Jul 302013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 146,500 miles
The supplemental restraint system (SRS) light came on, read the code and was a 7-2 code meaning that the air bag or SRS module had an internal failure. This can be caused by a voltage deficiency problem so I had my charging system checked and everything was in specification range. Contacted Honda as I have read that they extended the warranty on these modules to a 10 year/ 150,000 mile warranty because of so many failures. They of course said that was only on select models. I am now looking into having the module repaired or replaced as the airbags will fail to work in a collision due to this issue. This is a serious safety issue and there are numerous complaints that you can readily find online about these modules failing. Honda should have to be required to fix these irregardless of mileage or age.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #33

Aug 142013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 130,353 miles
I bought this car 2 years ago when the car had about 96,000 miles. Car now has 130,353 miles and the air bag light is now on. Apparently Honda does not have a recall for this problem.

- New Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #32

Aug 162013


  • 142,000 miles
Air bag light came on. Several recalls for my car. Honda refuses to fix saying I'm not affected.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #31

May 122013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,500 miles
When driving down the road, the vehicles stopped. I applied my brakes and nothing happened. I then hit the vehicle in front of me. And my air bags on my vehicle did not deploy.

- El Mirage, AR, USA

problem #30

Jun 142011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
SRS error light repeatedly comes on, with code 7-2 "internal failure of SRS unit", which apparently disables the airbag. Other people report this in forums, so adding it to your database in case there's a trend of failing control units.

- Huntington, NY, USA

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