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:
23,500 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 #4

Oct 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


I was told my rear brake pads need replacing after only 21000 miles. Honda service quoted me $269. These pads should have lasted well beyond 60K miles.

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #3

May 102010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance with 33,000 miles on May 10, 2010. The dealer stated that the rear brake pads were prematurely worn out and replaced them. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Grove City , PA, USA

problem #2

May 012010


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving 30 mph, there was a grinding noise when the brakes were applied and they failed to work properly. The dealer was contacted and would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the diagnostic test indicated that the rear brake pads were prematurely worn out. The brake pads were replaced. The failure mileage was 23000 and the current mileage was 26000.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152009


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 45 mph and applying the brakes she could hear a grinding noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the brake pads needed to be replaced. The contact previously noticed that the brake became more difficult to engage after each stop. The current and failure mileages were 17000.

- Loma Linda, CA, USA

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