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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,281 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

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 272014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


Slid into a curb. Locked up the seat belt, did not deploy airbags. I thought it was lifetime warranty on seat belts. Honda charged me $469 to replace driver side seat belt. SRS system would not reset. Now it points to front sensors. Honda wants $859 to replace front sensors and SRS control unit.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Sep 182013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 87,500 miles
While making lane change, side curtain airbag, seat, and seatbelt retractor, deployed with out any contact to vehicle. 2009 Honda Accord located in orlando. Airbags, controller module, headliner, and seat have not been replaced yet. Seatbelt retractor was replaced with original Honda part.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

May 192010


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear middle seat belt had a design flaw. The buckle was too short to connect to the latch housing and the passenger was unable to engage the seat belt. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 10,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

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

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