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:
24 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
33 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,109 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.

2008 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 13 of 13)

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problem #5

Jun 282009


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. When the contact closed the front passenger side door, the side curtain air bags and the frontal passenger side air bags deployed without impact. There were no injuries. The manufacturer stated that they could not assist with the repairs. There were no recalls for his VIN. The current and failure mileages were less than 20,000.

- Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 272009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,153 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While exiting the front passenger side of the vehicle, the contact placed a bag onto the seat and closed the front door. Immediately, the front passenger side air bags deployed. The contact stated that her son was seated on the rear passenger side of the vehicle during the failure, but was not injured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the door was shut with too much force, which caused the air bag to deploy. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $2,700. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster, who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The adjuster stated that the failure could have been due to an electrical defect. The insurance company will not cover the repair cost. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that because the dealer inspected the vehicle and found no defects, no compensation would be provided. The failure and current mileages were 13,153 updated 05/27/09 updated 06/01/09.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 052008


  • 5,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the front and rear passenger air bags became exposed from the outer covering. There was no deployment. The air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the air bags were falling out of the headliner. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 5,500 and current mileage was 7,256.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202008


  • miles
Airbags did not deploy, a head on accident going at 40 mph hit a car going 45 mph. My bumper in the front was pulled off and the hood is bent but no airbags went off.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #1

May 312008


  • 10,000 miles
A month ago I had picked my boyfriend up from the airport and when he got out at a gas station he shut/slammed my front passenger door on my new 2008 Honda Accord. When this happened my side airbags on the passenger side deployed; both side window airbags and the side seat airbag. There was not enough impact for this to happen and no physical damage to the car. We were shocked by them deploying and counted our blessings no one was in that side of the car at that time. The car was in park and I was in the drivers seat. We have been fighting with Honda for a month now and they refuse to fix it under my warranty. My insurance has been investigating this for a week and a half now and too strongly feel this is a warranty issue. No one has ever heard of this happening and now I am still stuck with a brand new car that has the airbags taped up for me to be able to see out my windows. I feel this is defiantly a warranty issue and I want it to be known and people be warn so hopefully this will not happen to their new Accord.

- Bryan, TX, USA

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