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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,130 miles

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2006 Honda Accord steering problems

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2006 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jul 012016


  • 29,000 miles


Steering: On Friday July 1, 2016, my Honda Accord V4 began to shudder and shake as I backed out of the driveway. I stopped and turned off the car. After a short wait, I restarted the car and proceeded to back out onto the street, but the shaking of the steering wheel was very pronounced and I immediately returned to the driveway. A check of the fluids revealed very low power steering fluid, below the minimum level mark. After topping up the chamber with new fluid, the car started and was operable without shaking and no steering problems. However, the level in the chamber sank immediately below the minimum line after just a minute or two of operation (I backed a short distance down the drive). There were a significant number of fresh fluid spots on the drive. More fluid was added and the car was successfully driven to the dealership located 2 miles from our home, where it is awaiting repair. The dealer reported this morning that both the high pressure line and the return line were leaking. Since the car was driven with no problems or signs of leaks the day before, and because these leaks appeared suddenly, without any prior problems with steering or power steering fluid levels, we believe this failure poses a significant risk to the driver, passengers, and others on the road. There was also the potential of an engine fire due to the leaking fluid. The car has regular maintenance and very low mileage (<30000 miles). The NHTSA issued a recall in 2012 (12V222000) for 2003-2007 Accord V6S. Because that recall was due to defective lines/hoses, and our car's hoses also failed in the same way, we believe that further investigation into other Accord engine sizes and VIN numbers should be conducted and included in the recall.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #26

Dec 162015


  • 189,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling 45 mph on Firestone, affinity tires with less then 20,000 miles on them. While traveling on dry, good pavement the right rear tire experienced a complete blowout causing the vehicle to turn violently to the left and come to a complete stop in a bar ditch. The tire was intact, but had crawled off the rim. Tire pressure was checked two days prior and was well within proper limits of the required psi. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the blowout and crash..

- Newalla, OK, USA

problem #25

Jul 162015


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. While driving at a low speed, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the steering. The contact crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The driver side air bag deployed and smoke emitted from the air bag. The contact sustained neck bruises and chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V320000 (air bags) and 15V370000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Morris Plains , NJ, USA

problem #24

May 202015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was undergoing routine maintenance, the mechanic noticed that there was a small leak in the power steering hose and the hose needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing the failure listed in NHTSA campaign number: 12V222000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included. The contact also stated that the headlights became frosted, which caused the headlights to become dim. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the headlight covers needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #23

May 042015


  • 160,000 miles
I have a recall on my vehicle, but having a hard time to get the local Honda dealership to get my part replace.

- Diberville, MS, USA

problem #22

Jan 302015


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V222000 (steering); however, the contact stated that the power steering fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #21

Jul 282014


  • 132,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. The contact stated while driving at 50 mph, the contact stated that her vehicle became difficult to steer. The contact stated after exiting her vehicle and entering her home she noticed her vehicle was on fire. The fire department responded and there were no injuries. The contacts vehicle was totaled. The failure mileage was 132,000.

- Bunn Level , NC, USA

problem #20

Jun 232014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
My 2006 Accord along with 500,000+ others and 52,000+ Acura tls had a recall regarding the power steering hose. I want to mention I have owned 20 some cars over the years, many with 200,000 miles or more. So, in June I took my Accord in for an oil change and mentioned my power steering felt a little, turns out Honda stated my power steering pump was failing and replaced it. And, there was no association with the power steering hose recall, so expense was all on me. Now, I have had to replace exactly 1 power steering pump in my life and it was oddly on the only car that ever had an issue with a power steering hose...coincidence? I do find this troublesome for 2 reasons, 1) power steering works off pressure and if a hose is faulty that would impact the pressure and thus potentially cause pumps to overwork, etc and 2) since the hose was recalled, was the identification of a failed pump a cost recovery discovery" I ask this second one because my power steering felt worse after replacement and turned out I just needed my tires rotated. I did write to Honda but have yet to receive a response. The purpose here however is civic duty in nature and I felt it worth asking the question, how many of the 550,000+ recalls for power steering hoses have also resulted in power steering replacements"

- Greencastle, PA, USA

problem #19

Jun 052012


  • 94,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V222000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering rack had a leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000, and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Sparks, MD, USA

problem #18

Mar 272014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50,235 miles
I delivered my vehicle to a local Honda dealer (aventura Honda) on March 27, 2014 (pursuant to american Honda motor co.'s letter to me dated March 2014 and telephonic instructions from american Honda motor co. Personnel) regarding NHTSA recall 12V-222. Please note that, initially, I was unable to schedule the warranty part replacement with aventura Honda, despite my in-person and telephone attempts to do so. After several weeks, american Honda motor co. Personnel arranged for an appointment. Prior to any work being performed, my vehicle was inspected by the service technician in my presence as he attempted to explain the 2-3 hours he estimated it would take to do the part replacement. At no point did he indicate that there was any defect in any of the connecting parts. I spent the entire time my care was being serviced in the service area attempting to me with the service manager as instructed by american Honda motor co. Personnel. After the work was completed, I observed notes on the service invoice indicating that the pump and reservoir were now leaking. I brought this (and its discrepancy with the earlier inspection of my vehicle) to the attention of the dealer's service staff, to no avail. Upon returning home, I contacted american Honda motor co. Personnel and relayed the incident to them and provided them with a copy of the invoice. I was told that american Honda motor co. Would investigate and get back to me with their proposed solution. I have subsequently been contacted by both the dealer and american Honda motor co. Personnel. I have been told that the cost for additional repairs to my car are estimated at over $600. American Honda motor co. Initially offered to offset that cost, but after I attempted to discuss the matter further, I was subsequently informed me that the offer had been rescinded and that they have closed the file on the matter.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 272013


  • 97,000 miles


I took my Honda Accord E6 into darrell waltrip Honda for a recall to repair a power steering hose. I picked the car up and returned 27 miles on the interstate directly to my home. I was told the repair procedure was to take 5 hours plus oil change but it actually took less than 60 - 90 minutes. I parked the car in my garage and went upstairs into the house. About 12 minutes later the alarms went off and I found the garage and car in flames with heavy smoke. The forensics fire expert says that the fire was caused by oil that had sprayed across the back inside of the car which was ignited by the catalytic converter - probably due to a faulty repair by the mechanic or by a faulty repair procedure designated by Honda or the dealership. The fire thus far has caused more than $200,000 damages to my home plus injury to me. I understand that at least four other drivers have experienced the same problem.

- Mt. Juliet, TN, USA

problem #16

Feb 122014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 87,358 miles
I went to the Honda North of clovis, ca for a routine oil change and was told that my rack & pinion needed to be replaced due to power steering fluid leaking and causing damage. I was quoted $934.77 to perform this procedure. I did some research on this as my car had always made a strange clicking/creaking noise when turning the wheel. I thought this was normal as I'd never owned a Honda before. In my research I found that V6 models of the 2006 Honda Accord have been issued a recall, #12V222000. Apparently my model is not included in this recall however, it should be. I only have 87,358 miles on my car and have always maintained the car properly. I also purchased an extended warranty 7 years, 126K miles when I purchased my vehicle. That warranty just expired in September of 2013 and the dealer notified me that this repair would not be covered under warranty. I am certain that the steering fluid has been leaking since before my warranty was expired as it has led to the damage of the entire rack & pinion. They also noted that there is some grease on the cv which was probably caused from the power steering leak. I feel that the 2006 Honda Accord ex model needs to be included in this recall as it is more than apparent that this is a faulty part regardless of being a V6 or not. I would appreciate some advice as to how this can be remedied.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 112013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Power steering pressure line hose started leaking and is dripping down on to the exhaust heat shield. Mechanic had same model car catch on fire due to this problem, even though it was a V4 not a V6. V6 model has recall for this issue. V4 does not. Ours is also a V4. We were advised not to drive the car and now required to replace the hose at $336. The hose is very close to the engine and is not protected from heat, also when it fails it will drip on the heat shield. We believe the V4 model should be included in the recall and is a safety risk to owners.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 282013


  • 90,000 miles
Upon driving the vehilce, the steering became very hard to handle. It seemed to be locked up. I tried to avoid a street sign as I panicked, but scrapped it with my drivers side rear door. I had my fiance bring me a bottle of power steering fluid after noticing the reservoir was empty. He filled it and asked me to start the vehicle. He immediately told me to turn it off because it was smoking from where fluid was shooting out of the power steering fluid hose above the rack and pinion. The vehicle was towed back to our home (5miles) because it was after local shops had closed. The local Honda shop said that my VIN didnt fall under a recall only V6 models and mine is a 4 cycl. Upon doing some searching I have found at least 6 NHTSA claims for 4 cycl. NHTSA id number: 10525409 NHTSA id number: 10522947 NHTSA id number: 10480634 NHTSA id number: 10478592 NHTSA id number: 10478320 NHTSA id number: 10402670 the part numbers involved in the recall was 53713-sdb-A01, the 4 cycl is 53713-sdc-A02. These numbers are waaaay to close to not include them in the recall. Matter of fact, the 53713-sdc-A02 is also replaced with 53713-sda-A52, which tells me that an update was made. The local shop wants $300 for repairs, and the Honda shop wants $400 for the repairs. The 4 cyclinder should be included in this recall, it is unsafe and could cause a fire with the amount of fluid that was under pressure and hitting the exhaust. Power steering fluid is flamable.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 172013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 54,982 miles
The power steering failed while driving down the freeway. The handling was more difficult but the car was drivable to my workplace. Checking under the hood it was evident that the high pressure power steering hose failed at the connection directly above the catalytic converter.after doing a little online research, it appears that the failure is identical to the failures covered by a recall for the 6 cylinder models of Honda Accord for 2003 to 2007 years. A url for the article I looked at is - this particular car is a 4 cylinder 2006 Honda Accord. My guess is that you might want to consider expanding the recall to cover the 4 cylinder models. If you would like, I can email a photo of the hose failure. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)/

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #12

Jul 022013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 87,492 miles
Power steering hose is leaking and could cause potential fire due to the location in the engine compartment. This is a problem in multiple models of Honda and has been recalled before, but not in my model. Please consider the placement in future vehicles and resolve this issue in current ones.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Apr 032013

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Honda Accord. Consumer seeks reimbursement for a faulty power steering hose. The consumer stated she wrote Honda requesting reimbursement for additional expenses incurred due to the faulty engineering and poor quality of the oem's power steering hose. Honda contacted the consumer, to inform her, they would not honor her request. Due to the fact that the vehicle functioned for many years with the faulty hose, the power steering pump had to be replaced as well. The consumer referenced recall # 12V222000

- Centerville, GA, USA

problem #10

Feb 072013

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
In February, I had to replace the power steering pump, and driver side power window switch. In June I had to replace the starter motor.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 222013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, he noticed a fire had started from under the hood. The contact attempted to apply the brakes and also the accelerator pedal, but the vehicle would not respond. The contact was able to exit the vehicle without injuries. The police were contacted and the fire was extinguished by the local fire department. A fire and police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was deemed as destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V222000 (steering) one month after the fire, which advised consumers that there was a possibility that the defect could have resulted in an under-hood fire. The failure and current mileages were approximately 62,000.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 102012


  • 60,000 miles
I noticed my vehicle was leaking fluid on the garage floor. Later my steering started to get rigid and make noises. While I was driving I started to smell something burning. I took the vehicle into the closet shop and I was told that my high pressure power steering hose was leaking oil on the exhaust system and was dangerous to be driving because of a fire. After, I fixed my vehicle I noticed that there was a recall for the same issue on the 2003-07, V6 Honda Accord. According to the Honda service bulletin the recall was the same hose by just a part number apart. Because my Honda Accord in a 4 cylinder it was not shown as being eligible to be fixed by Honda. I am very disappointed in Honda!!

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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