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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,851 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

May 112016


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord equipped with federal super steel 657 tires, size 215/60/R16 (na). While driving 40 mph, the rear driver side tire blew up and created a hole in the tire. The failure occurred three times previously. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The tires were replaced. The tire failure mileage was unknown and the vehicle failure mileage was 135,000.

- Ovilla , TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 222015


  • 96,810 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord equipped with Goodyear advantage ta (na) tires, size: 225/50/R17 (na). While driving at approximately 20 mph, there was a loud noise and an abnormal smell emitted as the vehicle veered to the left. The vehicle was merged over to the side of the road, where the contact observed that the treads separated around the entire rear passenger side tire. The tire was replaced with a spare. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate vehicle failure mileage was 96,810 and the tire failure mileage was 25,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 102014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Bought car in 2012 with 24,000 miles. After driving it for a while, a loud droning noise became audible. I thought it was a tire problem. Recently had tires replaced and car aligned at 57,000 miles. Noise became much louder. Took car for inspection and mechanic said passenger side rear wheel bearing was making the noise and needed to be replaced. The cost quoted is approximately $330.

- Venetia, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 262013


  • 50,000 miles


Michelin, "primacy", 235 45R18 -- mxm4 soft sidewall gives smooth, soft ride, but may contribute to a "mushy", "jello-like" sway in turns tire w/ less than 3000 miles blew-out for no apparent reason at 75 mph, on an interstate, clear weather, warm & sunny, but tire had been driven in hot ( 95* + & at interstate highway speeds ) conditions during previous week. Driver did not see or hear, nor was there any object in the road that might cause prior damage to the tire -- it just blew-out". the tire was totally destroyed by the time the driver could decrease speed and move from the far left lane ( of three lanes ) to the shoulder. Owner/driver had driven 50,000+ thousand miles on a previous set of Michelin "Pilot" tires ( same size, same car, same driver, same variety of conditions ) without any problems -- and plans to immediately replace the three remaining "primacy" tires.

- Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #4

Apr 102012


  • 32,000 miles
Dry rot affecting all 4 oe tires caused major danger to occupants -discovered at service verified by 4 independent retailers. Replacement of all 4 tires with approx 65% of tread life remaining.

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 122010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer states problem with tires the consumer noticed a three inch jagged crack on the lower sidewall of the tire. The consumer took the vehicle to his local shop and was informed the damage could be called a slice or sliver. The tires were measured and they were still in good condition as there was no evidence of any road hazard to the tire or wheel. Updated 09/29/10

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 102010


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord with Michelin Pilot tires, line size P225/50/R17. The contact stated the front tires exhibited bubbling on the sidewalls. The dealer would not provide any assistance and referred the contact to the manufacturer of the tires. The tires were not replaced and the contact stated he was not driving the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 12,000.

- Glen Cove , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 082009


  • miles
Bought a new 2009 Honda Accord lxp, when I am driving on concrete highway road with grooved or parallel line formations, the car gets pulled from side to side, resulting in loosing vehicle control. This does not happen on normal/plain tar roads. When I approached the Honda dealer, they said that it is normal behavior, I think T his is a very big security risk.

- Denver, CO, USA

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