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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,194 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.

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electrical problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Sep 062009


  • 100 miles


A 2009 Honda Accord headlight flicker when ac or heather fan turns on.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 082009


  • 3,300 miles
My wife and I bought a 2009 Honda Accord from john hinderer Honda. Every 27-30 seconds the headlights flash when running anything like defrost or A/C unit. She has been experiencing road rage harassment as people believe she is flashing them at night while driving home from medical assisting school in worthington, Ohio. We took to dealer they tested it inside as well as two other vehicles they had of same year and saw that all vehicles had same problem. They say it is normal to save gas.doesnt seem the savings are worth the risks to me. Dealership seems to be slow in responding to this and Honda Corp refuses to run a campaign until enough people call or report it. I also don't feel its safe to basically be driving a strobe light.

- Heath, OH, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Mar 072009


  • 10 miles
2009 Honda Accord - my headlights blink when my ac is on. It is very annoying and distracting and a safety hazard.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 162009


  • 80 miles
2009 Honda Accord head light blink every 27 seconds when A/C is on Honda sees it normal a characteristic according to Honda I didn't see this on the window sticker anywhere nor was I informed about by my sales man just 4 different service departments apparently is a very large problem of the car, its just plain dangerous, there is no fix unless, somebody starts a campaign, or enough people call Honda and complain after spending a little time on the internet there seams to thousands of people with the same problem.

- Seymour, TN, USA

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