really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,950 miles

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2008 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 182012

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


He contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact was traveling between 15-20 mph when he crashed into the front driver's side door of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy during the crash. The driver sustained injuries to the chest, breast bone, neck and back. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 47,000. Updated 10/10/12

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 132011


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, to avoid crashing into another vehicle he crashed into a tree. The contact was confused by the actions of another driver who used the wrong turn signal causing the contact to maneuver out of the way and crash. The during the crash the contact suffered minor injuries. None of the of the air bag deployed during the crash. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The manufacturer stated the air bag should have deployed which would avoided him hitting the steering wheel. The failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 09/07/11 updated 2/23/12

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #5

May 282011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I was distracted while driving on S. Washington blvd, arlington, Virginia in exiting onto S. quinn street/columbia pike exit at high speed. I spun out of control and drove onto an island near the intersection, driving over a street sign and hitting a metal pole holding the traffic lights. Excessive damage to front end of vehicle, yet airbag did not deploy. I was only vehicle involved in the accident and had no passengers. I received hospital care the following day for whiplash and muscle pain in my neck and shoulder. The police office noted that it was unusual that the airbag did not deploy given the high speed and nature of the collision.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 162010


  • 32,500 miles


To whom it may concern, I drive a 2008 Honda Civic ex, on 2/16/2010 I was in a car accident on the way to work. I tried to avoid a tractor trailer that was coming too close to me and by doing so I lost control of my vechicle and hit the guardrail to the left then spun me into the right lane hitting the guardrail to the right which in turn spun me again to the left and hitting the guardrail to the left face forward. None of the air bags deployed during the accident. As a result I sustained injuries to the left side of my head and upper, middle and lower back pain. I am currently in physical therapy and I am missing two weeks of work. The car was sent to the Honda dealership in hartford, Connecticut. The dealership told us that the car was totaled and when we asked them about the air bags not being deployed, they told us in turn that from the looks of it I did not hit the guard rail face forward, when I actually did. I did not have any side impacts, most of the damage is in the front and some on the back end. I am hestitant to buy another Honda Civic due to the air bags not deploying and I am afraid that this may occur to another Honda owner. Honda is known to have safe vechicles however I am afraid the new Honda Civics may have a air bag problem, especially after my incident and my car being totaled.

- West Hartford , CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 132010


  • 42,000 miles
My husband was in an accident where he was hit by another vehicle. The drivers side, and the steering wheel airbags deployed airbags deployed. My husband suffered numerous internal bruising, a fracture in his back and a dics that bulges in his back, he was the driver of the vehicle and all these injuries are mainly on his left side of his body where the drivers side air bag deployed. He was told from doctors that he is lucky to be alive, but his injuries could take in excess of a year to heal. He was hit in the front of the vehicle and the vehicle has been totaled due to the damage. He said that when they air bags deployed it took away his breath because the force that the air bags deployed was extreme.

- Splendora, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 262008


  • miles
My daughter was a passenger in a 2008 Honda Civic 4dsd. While in a parking lot, they were cut off by another vehicle, and struck such vehicle broad side. The air bags were deployed, at which time my daughter was struck in the face by parts of the dash board. When the air bag deployed it broke the dash in such a way that she was stabbed in the forehead by the dash board pieces. I do know air bags are a good safety device.the way the dash board securing this system, broke, is not safe, and needs to maintain its base to work properly. In this case, the dash breakage, takes away the benefit expected from this airbag system. She was hospitalized, and needed 23 stitches. This could have been worse if it hit her in the eye, and is an un acceptable consequence to a low speed crash.

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 212009


  • 21,153 miles
I was driving along in 6 lanes of 1-way traffic when the car to my right made a left-hand turn in front of me forcing a collision. I was in a pattern of acceleration following a previous stop at a red light and was traveling at approximately 35 mph at the time of impact. I had no passengers with me. The point of impact to my vehicle was the front as I hit the turning vehicle on the driver's left side forcing release of the driver's side airbag in that vehicle. My driver's airbag never deployed. I was wearing a seatbelt. I sustained neck and upper back strain (whiplash) and was taken by ambulance to a local ed where I underwent X-rays to evaluate for damage to my cervical spine area (negative) and treatment for pain.

- Royse City, TX, USA

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