Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2008 Honda Accord has several serious defects: poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, & uncomfortable seats.

BRAKES: There was a class action lawsuit against Honda in 2010 for premature & excessive brake wear. See our page on Honda's brake problems for more info.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Honda issued a TSB about this in late 2011, claiming it could be fixed through a software update to the VCM (variable cylinder management). There are class action lawsuits pending. See our page about the Accord oil consumption.

UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS: Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight. The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,233 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012010


  • 9,700 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the driver side head rest was not angled correctly. When she would sit in the seat, the head rest would push her head forward. She stated this would cause her to feel fatigued and cause a sore neck, affecting her ability to operate the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 9,700.

- Novato , CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 162008


  • miles
Faulty headrest design. Pushes the head of many drivers radically forward, making it painful and dangerous to operate the vehicle. Prolonged driving causes neck and head pain lasting for days, from less than an hour of driving.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord with defective front seat headrests. Consumer states that the headrests are angled to far forward causing them to have to hold their heads forward and bent to sit in the seat.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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