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 2009 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,625 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.

2009 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 262012


  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when using the air conditioning unit, the air would blow hot instead of cooler air. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised the contact that air conditioning unit was leaking and needed freon. The dealer added freon to the vehicle however, the failure recurred shortly after the contact left the dealer. The dealer then advised him to drive an additional 1,000 miles before determining if the failure had been corrected. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 22,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 312011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes to express discontent related to brake repairs and unwanted ac service at local dealer the consumer stated there was a strange smell coming from the ac. The dealer stated they added a deodorizer in the ac. The consumer was informed the smell would disappear in a few days, but it had not. It only seemed to get worse. The dealer informed the consumer, she was not the first person to complain, but it was because of mold. The consumer requested the ac to be flushed to get rid of the odor as she never requested it to begin with.

- Highland Heights, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 082010


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated while driving at 35 mph, she noticed the air conditioning unit would only blow warm air. She attempted to adjust the temperature but to no avail. The dealer advised the failure was due to a hole in the condenser most likely caused by a rock or pebble. There were no recalls and the deale advised the repair would not be covered under factory warranty. The failure and current mileages were approximately 4,000.

- Bensenville , IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 312008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that whenever the air conditioning is activated, the headlights blink. The lights stopped blinking when the air conditioner was turned off. The failure has been occurring ever since the vehicle was purchased. The dealer stated that this was a normal occurrence for this year, make, and model vehicle. The dealer will not repair the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 12,500. Updated 07/08/09 updated 07/08/09.

- Waynesboro, NC, USA

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