really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,807 miles

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2004 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #20

Jun 012011


  • miles


2004 Honda Civic. Consumer states safety defect in air bag system the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #19

May 282011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I have a 2004 Honda Civic ex sedan. The driver's side seatbelt sensor that connects with the larger SRS safety system was triggered for no apparent reason. When this sensor indicates a failure, the SRS light comes on and the airbags are taken offline and prevented from being deployed. Thus, it is a serious safety concern. I took it to the dealership Honda of pasadena, where they reset the sensor, tested it, and declared that it was not faulty. So they would not replace it under warranty, nor give any discounted price for replacement. My concern is that the sensor triggered for no reason, so it is likely to trigger again for no reason, disabling airbag deployment in the case of a crash. I can't take this chance given that I and my family have a long road trip next week. So I need to pay $320 out of pocket to have the sensor replaced. Online Honda-specific forums make it clear that I'm not the only one dealing with a mysterious triggering of the driver's side seatbelt sensor. There are at least 6 other cases that I could find. I reported my case to Honda corporate, and was informed that no recall or extended warranty existed as yet for that sensor. I hope that the NHTSA will keep a record of complaints about this sensor failure.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 142010


  • 129,700 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the air bag light warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who previously repaired the air bag light yet the failure recurred within a few months. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 129,700.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #17

Nov 032010


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic coupe. The contact stated that the SRS computer control system failed and the air bag warning light began illuminating on a consistent basis. The contact was unable to pass state inspection because of the failure and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer advised that the SRS control unit would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed the vehicle drove over a pot hole and the driver, and passenger side air bags deployed without warning. The driver received burns to his hands. The failure occurred when someone other than the contact was driving the vehicle. The manufacturer wasn't contacted. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Caguas , PR, USA

problem #15

Sep 172010


  • 91,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The supplemental restraint system light remained illuminated. The manufacturer stated that the VIN wasn't included in the Honda voluntary service warranty extension 06-009 for the supplemental restrain system trigger;therefore, they would not assist with the repair. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The failure and current mileages were 91,500.

- Cordova , TN, USA

problem #14

Mar 012010


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated when starting the vehicle; the air bag warning light was illuminated on the warning panel. The warning light indicated that the air bag was turned off. The dealer replaced the battery. Several hours following repairs, the air bag warning light was illuminated again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where he advised he was unsure what the exact failure was and would not be able to repair it. There were no further repairs to the vehicle and the failure persisted. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Hillsdale, NY, USA

problem #13

Apr 132010


  • 52,000 miles
SRS light in my Honda Civic came on and stayed on. Dealer said it's the seatbelt tensioner which seems to be common in many Honda. Why no recall?

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #12

Nov 032009


  • 830,000 miles
Drivers air bag not working.

- Palm Coast, AL, USA

problem #11

Sep 112009


  • 101,000 miles
The air bag deployment system on our 2004 Honda Civic hybrid has shut down. The mechanic at our dealership, open road Honda in Edison, NJ, says it'll cost $825 to replace the computer sensor system which controls the bags. Our car is 5 years old and has about 101,000 miles on it. It has been well maintained, mostly by the dealership, and still runs more or less like new. The manual says the SRS system is supposed to be maintenance-free. Naturally the car is past warranty. Is it normal and expected for air bag systems to break down for no apparent reason, at this point in the car's existence" is there something wrong with 2004 Civics which might have caused this malfunction? has there been a recall we may not be aware of regarding this part? have other Civic owners reported the same or similar problems. And of course do we have any rights to get the part repaired at no or at a lower cost than what we were quoted"

- Highland Park , NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 242008


  • 31,000 miles


SRS airbag light indicator went on suddenly on ignition and never turned off. Brought to dealership who said the SRS fuse box needed to be replaced as it wasn't under warranty anymore. Other Civic's also have multiple complaints of this. Front passenger window also moves up real slow almost to a halt sometimes using both driver and passenger power window switches. Haven't taken this in as already past the warranty too. Electrical stuff seems to be going kaputz after the warranty ended.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 012008


  • 85,000 miles
Air bag deploy with out impact.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #8

May 142007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 595,000 miles
May 14, 2007, purchased from local dealership as "certified" w/ 150 point inspection to include SRS airbags; however, a week after purchase; dashboard airbag icon illuminated; called service department and was told "airbag will not deploy. After leaving the service department June 23, airbag icon was back on within a week; at that point my investigation/research began regarding this vehicle; and discovered others had same exact experience with the vehicle.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 292006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 20 mph the vehicle was hit on the passenger side, causing the vehicle to become airborne flying over a three feet concrete barrier, hitting a another vehicle head on. The airbags did not deploy. Seatbelts were in use however back and neck injuries were sustained. There was police report filed at the scene. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and is awaiting inspection.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 062006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,561 miles
My side air bag light has been alternating between going off and on and staying on for long periods of time. I took it in to the dealer as it is still under warranty and initially they could not locate a problem. Finally, after my insistence, they pursued it a bit further(the computer read-outs showed no problems) and discovered there is some problem with a sensor located in a seat so all air bags are disabled until the part arrives. I am not happy about riding in our only vehicle until they get the part to fix the problem.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 112006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
Driver air bag did not deploy in front end collision with serve damage to car including moving the engine, replacement of the radiator, fan housing, ft bumper and hood. Speed approx. 35 mph. Several complaints have been made to Honda in regard to the air bag light. Honda dealer even assured the owner one week prior to accident that air bag was functioning.

- Mountain Home, TN, USA

problem #4

Jun 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,698 miles
Air bag light is staying on. The manual says to take it in in as soon as possible. Contacted the dealer, and they could not see vehicle until Friday. They said the air bags would not deploy if I in a car accident between now and then.

- Glengary, WV, USA

problem #3

Nov 192004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was in an accident on Nov 19th, 2004. Driver side airbag was not deployed at the time of accident. There was no passenger in my car, but passenger side airbag deployed. I called Honda several times. They do not like to discuss this issue with me. Honda is asking for a statement from geico, insurance company. Geico is saying this is an issue of car manufacturer. Geico provided me photo showing passenger side airbag deployed. Honda does not want me to take the vehicle to the dealership where I leased it. I don't feel safe to drive this vehicle. Today, Jan 24th 2005, I spoke with Mr. Armen yerzatian @ 800-999-1009 X118141. He is a supervisor @ customer service. He told me there is nothing he or Honda can do if they don't receive a statement from insurance company, geico.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 062004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
While driving accelerator pedal became stuck, and vehicle smashed into a fence after placing it park. The air bag struck consumer in the face. As the consumer looked down at the instrument panel, all of the dials were at zero. (no gas, no speed, no hot/cold indicator) the consumer parked the vehicle, restarted it and everything was back to normal. The consumer said that she was making a left hand turn, then all of a sudden, she was on a sidewalk, pulled into the road and was across in the next intersection heading for the drainage basin. The consumer was unable to stop the vehicle.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103 miles
My daughter was in our 2004 Honda Civic LX. She had a virtually head on collision with much front end damage. None of the airbags deployed.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

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