Driver's Door May not Open on Honda Accord

The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door panel must be removed while the door is closed (likely damage will occur) and the latch assembly must be drilled in a specific spot for the door to open.

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Average mileage: 168,060 (15,300–338,000)
17 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
99 people reported this problem
52 people shared problem details
Tried going to work and my door was jammed shut, had to crawl through the passenger side... Why is my accord having so much trouble?
2003 Honda Accord130,000
passenger side door will not open from inside or out..
The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open thedp
1998 Honda Accord202,745
I Have a 1998 honda accord lx v6 and it runs fine but im constantly climbing over my center console to enter and exit my vehicle and I am over 6' ft tall! I cant deal with this anymore! I have not been able to go where i want because I am HIGHLY embarassed about climbing out on the passenger side and I cannot find anything or anyone online that can show an actually decent video of give simple instructions to fix this problem! HOW DO I FIX THIS ISSUE???? I thought Honda's were reliable and USER/ DRIVER FRIENDLY??? Im starting to seriously doubt that reputation........
1998 Honda Accord199,000
Driver side door latch assembly broke internally cannot open door.
2011 Honda Accord68,000
door will not open not fixed yet
2000 Honda Accord124,000
I cannot open the driver's side door from either inside or outside latches. I have taken a look at my latch and found that it is indeed broken internally.
Door lock assembly/actuator does not work. Dorr will not open from inside or outside. Need instructions on drilling to free cam that holds door shut.
Driver door will not open....lock goes up and down but will not unlock....since door won't open, can't take panel off to repair....called a locksmith who stated he could not help....what to do? Car is in great shape, but don't want to spend $1500 to get repaired
1991 Honda Accord160,000
Cannot open driver side door from interior or exterior. Cannot get to the assembly because door pannel screws are inaccessible when door is closed
1991 Honda Accord176,520
cant open door from the inside or outside
door jam shut, unable to open driver side door.
1999 Honda Accord150,000
Driver side door will not open on my Honda accord LX 2 door coupe and I can not find an interior trim door panel to replace mine before I break it. Does anyone know where I can find a used one? Mine is tan plastic with tan cloth. Sandra
2000 Honda Accord89,500
battery went dead. Battery replaced. Technician started car. Car started fine. Technician went to open driver side door and it would not open. Locks and unlocks just fine. Doesn't matter won't open from inside or outside. 2000 2 door accord EX
1999 Honda Accord116,000
No warning signs, one day door decided to get stuck and NOT open. Door lock works fine, key moves door lock button , but don will NOT unlatch and open. Trying to figure out how to fix issue.
1991 Honda Accord275,000
Driver door latch failed
2010 Honda Accord77,000
Honda CRV Driver's door lock or latch assembly broke. Doors on drivers side and trunk wouldn't open either with key fob or the actual key. Doors didn't open from inside or outside. I was lucky that the passenger side opened so I could escape the car. There was a lawsuit filed about this but only covered CRVs through 2009. The Honda Dealer is now charging me $1365 to fix it (the lock assembly is covered under my warranty and the cost is to break the door panel open to get to the lock assembly) -- so basically my warranty is useless. I will not buy a Honda next time.
2003 Honda Accord142,702
My driver side latch from the inside wont open the door so we have to roll thw window down to ipen the door but sometimes the window button wont work and window wont go down.
1999 Honda Accord195,000
*not fixed drivers door handles do not work
1999 Honda Accord210,000
Find a youtube that shows how to open it without cutting anything. We did and it worked.
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