The current eighth-generation Civic sedan’s crash test performance has been rated highly by both the US Government’s NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS awarded the Civic sedan with a rating of “Good” on both frontal and side impact crash tests and lists the Civic as the second-best 2007 small car in overall crashworthiness. The Civic coupe is rated “Acceptable” in the side impact test.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings

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Side Impact Front Seat: 4 stars.svg

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In Australia, 1984–2005 Civics were assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings 2006 on their level of occupant protection regardless of size or era.

  • (1984–1987) – “significantly worse than average”
  • (1988–1991) – “average”
  • (1992–1995) – “average”
  • (1996–2000) – “better than average”
  • (2001–2005) – “average”

Honda Motor Co said on Friday July 31 that it is recalling 440,000 vehicles sold in the US, including some of its best-selling Accord and Civic models for a potentially lethal airbag defect.

Honda said that the airbag inflators in some of its top-selling sedans can rupture because of too much air pressure causing metal fragments to shoot through the airbag and strike vehicle occupants.

One fatality and a number of injuries have been linked to the defect, Honda spokesman Sage Marie said.

The recall covers certain 2001 and 2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and some 2002 and 2003 model Acura TL sedans. The driver’s side airbag is the defective component on the affected vehicles.

Honda said owners of those models can check to see if their vehicle is covered by the recall by checking the automaker’s website at

The Japanese automaker said it was encouraging owners to wait until they received a recall notice to go to a dealership and have the inflator for the steering-wheel airbag replaced.

Honda had originally announced that it would recall some 2001 Accord and Civic sedans for the defect last November.