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:
30,638 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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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 282011


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate as the check engine and vehicle stability control warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technicians stated that the vehicle was out of oil and needed an update performed to the computer. The contact stated that an oil change was performed three thousand miles prior to the failure. The technicians were unable to diagnose a failure with the oil and updated the computer. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Le Grand, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 242010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 60 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to drive slowly to the dealer with the hazard lights activated. The technicians advised that there was no oil remaining in the vehicle despite the oil level gauge indicating that there was over 80 percent of oil remaining in the vehicle. An oil consumption test and a software update were performed on the vehicle and the spark plugs were replaced yet, the failure persisted. The contact stated that the vehicle began to stall shortly after repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Lone Star, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the engine stalled. The contact was two months over needing an oil change. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who stated that the engine collapsed because an oil change had been needed; the engine needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 20,000. The consumer stated the manufacturer would not consent to an appeal or send their engineer to examine the vehicle. Updated 04/29/11

- Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 262010


  • 32,900 miles


My 2009 Honda Accord ex with only 32K miles on it started to consume oil very quickly. While the % oil life remaining indicator said I have 30% life remaining, the dipstick did not register any oil on it. I'm glad that I checked, because I shudder at the possibility of a car crash due to the engine dying on the highway. When I took the car to the dealership, they handed my a printed out sheet that stated that a loss of 1 qt per 1000miles is considered normal. How is that possible"?" this is a serious defect that Honda does not want to admit to.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 172010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine was burning excessive amounts of engine oil and fouled the spark plugs. In addition, the engine oil was entering into the cylinder causing the spark plugs to be changed more frequently than normal. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer several times. The contact stated that the engine needed replacing. The dealer and manufacturer would not replace the engine. The manufacturer would not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 302010


  • 31,000 miles
I have a 2009 Honda Accord that has stalled twice in the last two months on the highway while I was decelerating. I brought it to the dealer both times and they were unable to find any problem.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #2

May 132010


  • 15,000 miles
Car engine raced while sitting in neutral. Unintended acceleration.

- Short Hills, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 092009


  • 1,200 miles
I own a 2009 Honda Accord ex-L. I am having problems with the engine not accelerating when needed to in emergency. I have come close to accidents twice so far on the highway since the car would not give me pick up when I needed to steer clear of trucks and cars. I have complained to two dealers, one in New Jersey and the other in mass. Both dealers told me that the car is fine when it isn't. at full throttle going from 1000rpm upto 6000rpm there is no pick up what so ever. It is the same as going normal speed and pick up. This is a family car and I drive with my two kids in there less then 5 yrs of age. I've had this issue since I purchased the car and it was my mistake that I did not test drive it prior to purchase. I've owned several Honda Accord since 96 and none of them have had this serious dangerous problem. Please look into this issue. I am stuck with an expensive lemon.

- Dedham, MA, USA

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