really awful
Crashes / Fires:
22 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,641 miles

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2008 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #44

Jul 012016


  • miles


Tamara recall - getting the run a round on getting the replacement of the airbags. First, was never notified, now they are telling us that only the passenger airbag is affect and that seems very strange that it would have different materials than the driver airbag. Very unhappy at the way Honda is handling this. Telling us that it takes 60 to 90 days to get the parts that seems extreme. The whole situation seems like a cover up with the public be put in danger.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #43

Jun 192016


  • 126,000 miles
Addendum: Reference ODI number: 10748966. As of 6/19/2016 my Honda Civic has a recall for the passenger side airbag (VIN verified). I am not suppose to let anyone sit in the passenger seat until a Honda dealer fixes it. So now I have no airbag and no seat belt on the driver's side (because it deployed without any reason)...I also have a loaded time bomb on the passenger side that Honda wants to fix...but still no recall on the driver's airbag because Honda doesn't think it needs to be recalled. Why isn't the NHTSA making Honda recall 2008 Honda Civics for the driver side airbag" does someone have to die first" my god, the driver side airbag is ticking time bomb!

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

problem #42

May 052015


  • 20,000 miles
Takata recall the air bag cause me facial injurys in a car accident and body injurys.

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #41

Jun 102015


  • 71,000 miles


Clear coat & paint still fading after it was repainted by cleobay Honda in 2014. Side airbag warning light is on most of the time for no reason. Sun visor's where replaced twice last in 2014 and are broken again. They will not stay up or down.

- Ramona, OK, USA

problem #40

Jul 112015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving at various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator also illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the compliance bushing fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #39

Jan 102016


  • 51,000 miles
Ran over a shallow pot hole on a city street. The car was going 10-15 miles per hour (5 feet after a complete stop at a stop sign). The car was traveling straight across a one way stop. The driver's side air bag exploded (did not deploy) and seat belt stopped retracting. Damage was also noted to the base of windshield on the driver's side.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #38

Dec 272015


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving 30 mph in inclement weather, the wheels and the steering column seized. As a result, the contact crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 109,000.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #37

Dec 292015


  • miles
Takata recall I have been waiting for months on this recall after notifying rusty wallace Honda in the dallas area and have had no further contact.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #36

Nov 082014


  • 92,000 miles
Hit a deer going 70 miles a hour state highway seat belt did not deploy I have a spine injury also paint is fading on roof

- Hensonville, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 082015


  • miles
The contact owned a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a deer. As a result, the vehicle rolled and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #34

Mar 012011


  • 25,000 miles


The red dashboard "warning light" for my airbags stays on almost all the time. Once in awhile it goes off, but then goes on again, for no reason I can see. My mechanic has tried to "reset" it after routine maintenance and cannot. I bought this car as a "certified" used Honda vehicle. It was three years old and had about 25,000 miles when I bought it. It has had this problem for the entire time I have had the vehicle. I took it into Honda to have it repaired soon after I bought it and was told they would have to do a "diagnostic" first which would cost me about $ 200. That would only tell them what was wrong and would not necessarily fix the problem. Since the light sometimes went off, I figured it was just a problem with the light and not with the system itself and just ignored it. Last week I heard a news story on television and then saw an article in the L.a. times which stated that NHTSA is now investigating the exact same problem in 2008 Honda Accord. NHTSA has received 19 complaints, including a consumer who was in a 50 mph accident where the airbag did not deploy. The article states that this is thought to be a defect with the "air bag control computer model". the defect causes the air bag status indicator lamp to illuminate and the air bag system is disabled until it is repaired. The estimated cost to replace the Accord unit it $ 455. I am sure my 2008 Honda Civic has the same problem. I did not know until I read this article that my air bag is not operable if the status light is on. I request that 2008 Honda Civics be investigated along with 2008 Honda Accord for this problem, for possible recall.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 132015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 131,013 miles
My son was driving my 2008 Honda Civic to college on highway 44 heading West at approximately 2:10 pm toward joplin mo. While driving West on 44, the driver side airbag suddenly deployed. My son said he heard a loud bang and his head was pushed back into the headrest. When the airbag deployed he immediately slammed on the brakes and ended off the road on the left side in the median. He was shocked and over whelmed that this occurred because he did not hit anything. A helpful person stopped and helped remove the deployed airbag. Soon afterward, state police arrived after another motorist called and confirmed no damage occurred to the car to warrant deployment of an airbag. My son then continued on to joplin. The following day, my son took the car to the Honda dealership in joplin. After inspection, the dealership claimed that a small hole in the front fender cause the airbag to deploy...they found grass and debris from the highway median around the damaged area. They were very uncooperative and more willing to blame the cause on my son rather than a defective airbag system that is known to be a problem in several other models. Indeed, while they are concerned about the cause and looking for other reasons. Meanwhile, we are more concerned and lucky that my son did not get killed in this incident! what about other sons, daughters and loved ones driving these time bombs...are they going to be this lucky" the car suffered no collision and yet the airbag deployed which is the fact the Honda dealership is ignoring. I am more inclined to believe the airbag system is defective considering the history of the airbag systems. What more will it take for this issue to be resolved, more airbag deployments and more deaths" sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Smithton, IL, USA

problem #32

Jan 152015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving 25 mph and making a left turn, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags deployed. The powder from the air bags entered the contact's mouth and the metal from the air bags entered her eyes. As a result, the contact sustained a fractured nose, jaw, knee, and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 04/07/16

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #31

Apr 052015


  • 102,500 miles
I was pulling out of a walmart parking lot through a 4 way intersection onto center of new england boulevard (coventry, ri). This is a strip road used for accessing the developed shopping area but not a main road. I was increasing speed from a stopped position and turning left, did not exceed 10mph and was already through the turn aiming straight when my passenger airbag exploded without incident. I did not call police because there was no incident to warrant their arrival and I was on my way to an international flight at boston logan airport so my insurance loophole claims I have to file a claim within 7 days to validate a claim. My international trip was 18 days in vietnam and I didn't try to file an insurance claim until my return; more than 7 days after the incident. No prior accidents, damage claims etc on the vehicle.

- Hopkinton, RI, USA

problem #30

May 192015


  • miles
On 5/19/2015 the driver air bag light came lit up on my cluster and my seat belt light comes on and beeps even though I have my seat belt on the correct way.

- San Bernardino , CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 182014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving to work on 12/18/14 between 5 and 5:30. The airbags deployed on the passenger side of my car. Sending my car on the curb popping the drivers side front tire and bending both rims on the drivers side.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #28

Jan 022015


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the rear of his vehicle causing it to crash into the rear of another vehicle. During the incident, the front end became severely damaged but the air bags did not deploy. The driver suffered bruises to the upper torso and the front passenger suffered injuries to both knees and the right hand. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #27

Dec 052014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 81,656 miles
The air bag indicator light on the car's dash panel came "on" without any event triggering it. My local repair shop, playa West automotive (310-822-9115) investigated & received a "32-10" open circuit indication for the passenger side air bag, showing that the passenger side air bag deployment system was de-activated. This explains the light coming "on". their investigation found a frayed wiring harness under the passenger seat. The shop called the local Honda dealer & was told that there was a repair advisory about this issue, but the Honda dealer refused to do any repair to fix it B/C the car is no longer under warranty. This repair is going to cost me over $700 for parts & labor B/C the passenger seat has to be removed to access the wiring. Can you please investigate whether or not a safety recall is warranted for this hazard. The only thing that might be different about my car is that I have a manual transmission. Otherwise, it is in good condition, with relatively low mileage. I rarely carry a passenger in the front seat. Thank you & happy holidays.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #26

Oct 272014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 111,950 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 15 mph, there was a loud noise and the driver side air bag exploded with force impacting the driver. The air bag exploded emitting a substance in the interior of the vehicle. The driver was able to merge to the side of the road near the contact's residence. The driver sustained major injuries to the hands, face, a broken wrist, clavicle and a herniated disk. The contact sustained abrasions and cuts. The contact and the driver both received medical attention. A police report was not filed. The insurance adjustor had the vehicle taken to an authorized dealer for further inspection and diagnosis of the air bag failure. The contact was also waiting for a response from the manufacturer to inspect and diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,950...updated 12/30/14 updated 01/06/15...updated 01/14/15 updated 05/20/2015

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #25

Nov 202014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I heard over the television and radio that the airbags on my car are unsafe if there is an accident - that unsafe particles are released in the car causing health problems.

- Evanston, IL, USA

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