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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,500 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 252009


  • 17,000 miles


My 2009 Honda Accord started having front and back brake problems from 17,000 miles. As it went on the noise got bigger and bigger now at 21,000 miles I need front and rear brakes the dealer refuses to fix the brakes.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302009


  • miles
I bought my 2009 Honda Accord LX on December 30, 2008. Less than a month after that, my brakes started making a horrific squeaking sound every time I applied pressure to them. It does not matter if I tap them lightly or I push down hard; the brakes still make terrible noises. I took my car in to the Honda dealership twice for an oil change and once for the brake sounds. All three times, I asked the associates to check the brakes. Each time, they said the brakes were adjusted (I.e. sanded) and that the noise should cease. On the my trip, I told them whatever they were doing wasn't working. It was then I was told that Honda Accord seem to have a brake issue, but Honda is aware and working on a solution. As of last week, my car is not only making squeaking noises when I brake, it is also making a high-pitched grinding sound that is audible over music playing on a low volume. The noise occurs every day, just like the brakes' noise happens daily. This should not have happened to a car that was less than a month old and is now less than a year old. I have a little over 25,000 miles on the car and feel embarrassed to have to drive a car that looks so nice but sounds so horrible. I fear going long distances because I'm worried my brakes may not stop me in time. Honda needs to recall the brakes and replace them now. Honda owners simply do not deserve this.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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