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:
60,144 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

problem #14

Oct 272015


  • 68,000 miles


Suddenly after 68000 miles, my Honda Accord 2008 has a warning light saying SRS faulty (error code 15-078). When I took it to dealer they charged me $134 to diagnose this problem and telling me that the fault is with seat belt sensor. So, they wanted $1300 to fix this problem. I believe this problem is related to their SRS bag recall and is a safety issue with faulty seatbelt sensor. Honda is trying rip us off as I see at least 69 people reported on thenet of the similar problem. This tells us that this problem is not isolated or driving related or damage by the owner, but a faulty part and faulty system. Hence, I request NHTSA to look into this problem also and force Honda to produce safer vehicles and fix the vehicles already in use and on the american roads.

- Franklin Park, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to brake, engine, electrical, air bag light, seat belt, light problems and radio problems. The consumer stated the pistons were replaced a couple of years ago. The engine has been misfiring since July 2014. The coils, spark plugs and fuel injectors were replaced and the check engine light continued to stay on.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 152015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at 40 mph, the air bag and seat belt warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and then to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the software failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Viera, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 062015


  • 58,000 miles


Our 2008 Honda Accord SRS indicator is on which alerts a potential problem with the airbag or seat belt tensioners per owner's manual. We took the car to Honda dealer. It took them hours and charged us $157 but couldn't find the problem. They ended up suggesting either we replace SRS unit $603+tax, and if problem still present then replace the gauge control module $555+tax. Hereby we're reporting this issue and hope Honda will recall the vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 212015


  • miles
My airbag light stays on and the alarm doesn't go off when the seat belt isn't put on. I just began to have trouble starting the vehicle. Now I can't start it and I've had to have it towed to my home.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 032015


  • miles
I have not had an accident yet but my airbag light stays on all the time my seatbelt light does not come on at all that is with them on or off.I cared it to Honda dealership where I service my car was told by the manger that this was a safety issue that this would be taken care of so they ask me to leave my car with them come back next day car is not fixed change of heart they say they will have to charge me over 600 dollars I have checked into it Honda is suppose to fix seatbelt issues up to 150 thousand miles my car has 119 thousand miles I have so many reports about 2008 Honda Accord with this issue but they have not sent me anything about this problem please help with this thank you.

- Red Springs, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 252015


  • 89,000 miles


At a full stop passenger exited the vehicle and shut the passenger front door and the side curtain airbags and front passenger seat side airbag deployed. The force of the airbags being deployed also damaged the back passenger door weather strip that creates a seal when doors close. Headliner is damaged as well. Seat belt on front passenger side has been deployed and is non functioning.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 252014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning indicators illuminated. The failure occurred several times. The dealer stated that the SRS unit air bag was defective and would not deploy in a crash. The seat belt could be repaired according to the manufacturer's safety warranty. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 292014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, the air bags deployed without warning. The contact stated that immediately after the failure the drivers side seatbelt locked. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V351000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000. Updated 09/22/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. The dealer found two impact marks on the undercarriage of the vehicle and states that is the cause of the air bag deployment. The impact that caused the marks occurred on 5/16/2014. The driver hit a double curb. The air bag spontaneously deployed on 6/29/14. Updated 2/11/2015

- Zachery, LA, USA

problem #5

May 172014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving, the side curtain airbag deployed with out there being any collision.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 052013


  • miles


There was a premature failure of the SRS module in our 2008 Honda Accord which, according to a local Honda representative, renders the airbags useless in a crash or can cause premature deployment. At the time, my wife was pregnant and drove 100 miles roundtrip (highway) daily to work. I needed this part addressed asap. Multiple Honda dealerships refused to service the vehicle in a timely fashion (inside a 2 week window), would not offer a complementary vehicle, and insisted on charging a diagnostics fee when I had already performed the diagnostics through work and associated partnerships (fleet management provider and maintenance vendors). Honda refused to warranty the part and I had to pay out of pocket close to $500 for parts and labor. Seems silly as this was a safety related service.....updated 12/15/15

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #3

May 092013


  • 70,021 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the seat belt light illuminated despite the driver and passenger both having the seat belts secured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the passenger's side detection system was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 70,021 and the current mileage was 72,000.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242013


  • 62,000 miles
Riding down the road and my 12 year old daughter got tangled in the seat belt. We pulled into a gas station and tried to get the seat belt to release- it would not release. It kept eating any slack we gave it and kept tightening on her. It got to the point where she, nor I (because of the position) could hold her body weight up any more- it was starting to cut into her side. I yelled can anyone help we need to cut a seat belt and thank goodness a young man came over and was able to cut the belt off. I then took the car to the Honda dealer who replaced the belt and filed a complaint with Honda about the seat belt- they took the complaint- however they refused to tell me anything else. A supervisior from Honda customer service- stated that the seat belt would be looked into and that I should hear if it was malfunctioning or what came of the inspection of why the belt locked up. I called today 3/23 to follow up with Honda spoke to another supervisior - he told me that the part was upstairs in a box and that they do not open or touch the belt. That because it was under warranty they just keep it, he said he would look into it and contact me...I wait... my issue is why did this happen- I know seatbelts are to protect us but this was dangerous- there was no way to release the belt other then cutting it. Safety issue especially for children.

- Johns Creek , GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The warning light on the dashboard panel is warning that the passenger airbag as deployed. At the same time the "fasten seatbelt" warning stopped working and the seal around the passenger window is loose. Coincidentally, a relative also has a 2008 Honda Accord and the exact same things are happening. According to many internet entries, the same thing is happening to many 2008 Honda Accord. I cannot find information on a recall. It is a safety hazard, because some owners have reported the airbag deploying while driving.

- Austin, TX, USA

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