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:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,679 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Sep 262014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


I took my 2009 Honda Accord to the dealership to complain that the warning light would come on indicating the passenger side airbags were off. The dealership told me that an object or passenger in the seat would affect this indicator. I advised them that nothing would be in the seat when the light would intermittenly light up. After much effort the dealership replaced the seat back senor in January 2014. The problem subsided temporarily. Today the dashboard indicator constantly turns on and off while I am driving regardless whether anyone or anything is in the passenger seat. If the indicator is correctly monitoring my passenger airbags, then I am driving my car 70 % of the time without the benefit of passenger side airbags never knowing if they will deploy properly, which is outrageous. I contacted american Honda and despite living in a recall "humidity zone" (miami, Florida) my Honda was not included in their limited recall of defective passenger airbag inflators. I think this is absurd and the NHTSA needs to force american Honda to include newer Honda's on their recall list for defective airbags.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 182014


  • miles
No incident at this time. But airbag light stays lit and on dashboard the seatbelt lights up and the off lights, keeps blinking on dashboard and above hazard button. Are there any other complaints?

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 082014


  • 72,032 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The technician advised that the supplemental restraint system module be replaced in order to locate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,032.

- Cleaveland , OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 012014


  • 85,000 miles


I am currently having water leakage from the headliner right where the side curtain airbags are located. This is occurring on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. I am concerned not only for the damage this is causing to my vehicle but because if I were to be in an accident I am afraid that airbags will malfunction and not deploy.

- Riceboro, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 152014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over multiple times. All of the air bags deployed except for the steering wheel air bag. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a head laceration and multiple body contusions that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Perry, OK, USA

problem #15

Aug 152014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road. The vehicle crashed and rolled over multiple times. All of the air bags deployed except for the steering wheel air bag. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The contact sustained a head laceration and multiple contusions. Medical attention was received. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Perry, OK, USA

problem #14

Aug 032014


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, another vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and the contact crashed into the driver's side of the second vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to a hospital where arm, neck, and lower back injuries were treated. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 102014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 32,188 miles
Air bag lamp came on and would not go out, then later, the warning buzzer and seat belt warning lamp quit working. SRS control unit failed after 32,188 miles.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 042014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The SRS indicator stays on permanent and the brakes have to change again after only 6 months. Called Honda headquarters and was told that there was a recall for SRS in 2011 but my VIN number was not on the recall list and the my vechicle is out of warranty. I bought my car as a used car at herb chambers in 2010 and the according to them the car was already out of warranty. I need them to call the dealership and have me take the car in for diagnostic and have the issue fixed without me absorbing the cost.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 212014


  • 51,000 miles
Air bag failure indicator came on. Took vehicle to dealer and was advised that air bag needed to be replaced as it had failed.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 152011


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when the passenger door was closed, the air bags deployed without warning. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was contacted about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Raeford , NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 062013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 3,200,000 miles
Around September 6, 2013, while driving on a side street, my passenger side front and rear airbags deployed after closing the car door. I took the car to the dealer who said they would contact american Honda who said the car was involved in an accident, yes it was back in 2010. Honda won't stand behind their product and said to file an insurance claim. If you look online this has happened to several Honda owners, with several makes. Is Honda waiting for someone to get killed before issuing a recall? Honda said I probably hit a pothole or curb, if that were the case there would be hundreds of thousand air bags deploying. Honda in California won't stand behind their product. Glad it did not happen on a highway where someone could have gotten killed. Maybe if it happened to a Honda corporate employee's car they might fix it!!! I have printed out pages upon pages of Honda owners that this has happened to and I will be at the dealership handing out this information to incoming customers to let them know they are doing nothing about a safety issue. I will do this every weekend until there is a recall.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 152012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while parked, the front and rear air bags suddenly deployed when the front passenger's side door was closed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing but the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Silver Creek, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 102012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while she was closing the front passenger door, the airbags deployed inadvertently. The airbag warning light illuminated after the deployment. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they advised that the vehicle could not be diagnosed for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 36,000. The consumer also stated the TPMS light illuminated. When she took the vehicle to the dealer, it went off and then came back on. The dealer stated by plugging in her cell phone, it was causing the light TPMS light to illuminate. Updated 07/18/12

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 192010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
A noise has developed in our 2009 Honda Accord in the dash, where the passenger side and right side "a" pillar air bags are located. The car has been returned to a local dealer on 3 seperate occasions. They continue to repair the problem by installing some type of padding in the dash. After each repair, the noise returns after driving about 10 miles. I have asked them on two separate occasions to remove the dash/air bags and inspect the effected areas. I have also reported the problem to the Honda customer assistance department. They have indicated they will review my information and have someone call back. My concerns are; that something is loose, creating the noise, along with the fact that some type of problem may exist with the air bags which could result in either an unwanted/non deployment situation or if something is rubbing on a wiring harness a passenger compartment fire.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 282011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was involved in a collision and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and all three of the passengers were injured. The passenger in the rear seat suffered lacerations to the head that needed stitches. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 21,000. The consumer also stated there was a problem with the seat belts. Updated 07/22/11

- St Martinville, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 242010


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving through the intersection approximately 5 mph, a vehicle moving in the opposite direction crashed into the contact's vehicle. The seat belts failed to restrain the control. The air bags did not deploy. The contact and two passengers sustained injuries. There was a police report filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 27,000.

- Calumet City , IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 102010


  • 23,000 miles
I had brand new car bought in March 2009, later in April 2010 I had accident and airbags didn't blow out and I hit my head, sent it to dealer by insurance company and figured that sensor was defected and they exchanged, later on they flights for ABS and vsc come on intermittently, sent it to dealer, they figured sensors are defected and will exchange, my concern is how come car with defected parts released to market, and Honda company didn't do any thing for me, the car cost over $ $20,000 it's better to buy a $ $2000 car.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 032010


  • 2,000 miles
2009 Honda Accord airbags didn't deploy with radiator wrapped around engine on a front end crash. The other vehicle was a Jeep and was hit in the side and all the airbags were deployed. This was not a minor accident as they are thinking of totaling out the vehicle. My mother in law weighs around 100 pounds, but the airbags should have been deployed. She was taken to the hospital, with chest injuries.

- Manning, IA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032009


  • 30 miles
No crash yet, but crash likely. 2009 Honda Accord has dim head lights that create a black blanket in front of driver and narrows on any dip in road. Visibility very poor, and the black blanket effect in front of you moves up and down because car bounces alot due to stiff suspension with a wheel system that is too big for car, thus creating the need for a low profile tire that causes car to bounce alot. The driver is very likely to wreck under such circumstances. The only alternative is to run with your bright lights on and then blind fellow oncoming traffic. Honda should recall these cars, and consumers should be warned. Dealer states light cannot be adjusted due to government regulation, but they were going to adjust my lights at first, but I was told not to turn bright lights on so as not to blind oncoming traffic. The salesman told me that I was tenth person to bring car in to be adjusted. I became angry that I might be at fault if a wreck occurred, and suggested that they were doing something wrong if government said lights should be one way, but after car bought, light adjusted another way. They then refused to adjust my light because they became afraid of attorney general threat. They also then changed their story about the 10 people. This needs to be investigated, and I have one of these cars which is dangerous to drive at night. Honda should be made to reimburse us. We should not have to drive a dangerous car. I tried to return my vehicle after buying it on a Saturday at closing, then discovering this defect on Sunday. I returned vehicle on Monday, but they would not rescind the deal.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

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