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:
32,189 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 112011

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,378 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when turning and reversing, an abnormal noise was coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,378. Updated 09/02/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer was made aware of the failure and replace the steering column. This resolved the problem. Updated 11/12/2014

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 192011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
There is a known fabrication defect of the steering column on Honda Accord 2009 model. A service bulletin was issued by Honda corporation regarding this issue in 2009. The lower bearing of the steering column was mis-installed. As a result, the steering column makes a clunk noise when the steering wheel is turned. I first brought this issue to the attention of the Honda dealership soon after I purchased the car in October 2009. They did not do anything about it. Meanwhile the steering became sticky. In other words the bearing in causing binding. I am afraid that at a sudden turn of the steering wheel, the bearing might shatter and lock up the steering column. I consider this to be a serious safety issue.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

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