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:
5,000 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012010


  • miles


2009 Honda Accord coupe with A/C problem. A/C blows dangerously hot air while at a stop. The air continues to blow hot air until you start driving again. The temperatures quickly rises to unknown temperature but it feels like we are in a sweat box. May pose threat to health due to extended periods of extreme heat. The vehicle has been to a local Honda dealer six times now since May 2010. Many hoses have been reported to have leaks, condensor reported to be bad, compressor reported bad, clutch reported bad, low freon reported, pipes reported to be bad and seals on pipes and hoses reported leaking. It is suspected that the dealer and Honda manufacture has not found a solution. Both parties are in communication with one another with no results thus far. The dealer has now had the vehicle for two working weeks as of 10-22-2010 with no explanation to what the problem is. The dealer has replicated the A/C blowing hot air numerous times. Overall, since May 2010, the dealer has had possession of the vehicle for approx. 30 days during the six dealer visits and repairs. Online research may show extensive A/C problems with many of the Honda models. Further evaluation is requested as hot blowing A/C air pose a health threat especially in a warm climate such as Florida's summer.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 052009


  • 12,000 miles
Air conditioning stopped working after 12000 miles. Dealer determined that ac condenser had a hole from a impact. Told that this is not a covered repair.

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009


  • 3,000 miles
I had just bought a 2010 Honda Accord which I had purchase in October 20 09, 3 weeks old approximately. I get in my vehicle to turn the air condition on November 1 and found out that it only blew out hot air. I take it to the local Honda dealer, they stated a pebble or foreign object got up to the condenser and punctured it which made it unable to function. The cost of repair is about 600 dollars. For Honda to be number one for good value with there cars it is not apparent now. I purchased the extended warranty and it is not covered due to road debris not manufacture malfunction. This problem seems to consistent with a lot of their vehicles not only do I have make monthly payments on this car now I am paying for it to be repair when it is not even a month old.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

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