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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,909 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 092009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 6,455 miles


I bought my car brand new in July 2009, in Nov. 2009 I started having issues with the door actuators. Since Nov. 2009 they have fixed my actuators 7 times, 4 times in 2012. I also have had the center arm rest replaced twice due to bubbling (needs to be replaced again). About 3 weeks ago I was unable to lock my car from the inside. This brings up a huge safety issue. I have also informed the dealership that my actuators are going again in my car. In August 2014, the dealership told me I would have to pay since my car is out of warranty. When I was unable to lock my car from the inside I decided to contact Honda. They refuse to fix the issue because my car is out of warranty and has 83,000 miles on it. Even though this has been an ongoing issue since Nov. 2009. My steering wheel has also cracked and the casing has had to be replaced. The vtc actuator had to be repaired ( I had to personally do research and diagnose my cars' issue and find the service bulletin in order for the dealership to cover/fix it). My car has run out of oil and had to go through an oil consumption test (yet my gauge still said 30%). the arm rest on the drivers door has also had to be replaced due to bubbling and slicing in the "leather". after all of these issues, Honda still refuses to fix the actuator problem because my car is no longer under warranty. I take excellent care of my car and expect Honda to stand behind their parts/products/cars, especially when it becomes a safety issue and the car cannot be locked from the inside.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 222014


  • miles
I have a terrible problem when driving during the daytime. Sunlight shines in through the wind shield onto the dash board (directly behind my steering wheel) and reflects the dash board onto the wind shield in my total field of vision straight ahead. I'm not sure what to do about this but I have to do something because its like trying to see through a muddy glass and is very dangerous.

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #4

May 012013


  • 88,000 miles
Uses excess amount of oil. Have to check daily. This is not normal. Have heard there is some kind of leak into the engine and a class action lawsuit. This should be a recall!!! also, metallic paint is peeling- very cheap and stereo system components not working. Also makes a loud weird sound from engine when it first starts.

- Osage, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Center console are rest, bubble forms in arm rest, leather changes shape.

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 182011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the front center console leather armrest exhibited several bubbles and cracks, which eventually began to split. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 192010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
A noise has developed in our 2009 Honda Accord in the dash, where the passenger side and right side "a" pillar air bags are located. The car has been returned to a local dealer on 3 seperate occasions. They continue to repair the problem by installing some type of padding in the dash. After each repair, the noise returns after driving about 10 miles. I have asked them on two separate occasions to remove the dash/air bags and inspect the effected areas. I have also reported the problem to the Honda customer assistance department. They have indicated they will review my information and have someone call back. My concerns are; that something is loose, creating the noise, along with the fact that some type of problem may exist with the air bags which could result in either an unwanted/non deployment situation or if something is rubbing on a wiring harness a passenger compartment fire.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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