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 2011 Honda Accord has a solid reputation (so far), with one very significant flaw: 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:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,729 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.

2011 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Jan 012015


  • miles


On the driver side of my car. Above my head where the airbag is at water gets inside the vehicle and Honda doesn't know what the problem is. I did some research and saw that multiple people with Honda Accord and Honda civics have had this problem and Honda was no help with fixing the issue or knowing what is wrong. This should be a recall and should be investigated. This is very dangerous if an accident happens because the airbag wont work. Also, this creates mold in the car and wont be easy for the owner to sell the car. Please make this a recall on the cars. I have a 2011 Accord coupe V6. They will say my car is out of warranty. I purchased it brand new and within the last year this has been going on and I didn't think it was anything until I realized it was coming through my car when it rained outside. Please help!

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #15

Apr 022015


  • 65,000 miles
When it rains the water intrudes inside, windshield was replaced twice and through the root-cause it was fond that the source is not windshield. Clogging of the vinyl/plastic trim pieces that run on the roof of the vehicle causes the issue. Now at every single rain or snow, I can see the curtain airbag is soaked in the water. I am sure that the airbags are not waterproof.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #14

Mar 272016


  • 95,819 miles
Side air bag off, when I have a passenger with me in front

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #13

Nov 062015


  • miles


I had an SRS light on at 44000 miles and took it into Honda, figure it was a safety thing they would take care of it. Honda wanted to charge me 100 dollars for a diagnostic. I told them no. They then told me they would talk to Honda to wave fee. Honda paid for diagnostic came back with code indicating cable reel issue. Honda said it would be 545 dollars to replace and if it didn't get replaced it may cause issues with airbag inflator and may not inflate in a car accident. I told them this was a Honda safety problem and they should replace it. The newest round of recalls were for Accord 2008-2010. I guess I will just wait around until my car eventually gets recalled until then cross my fingers I don't get in an accident.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #12

Oct 292015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the supplemental restraint system light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who located a failure code for the entire air bag assembly. The inspection located the failure at the driver seat air bag inflater. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage and VIN were not available.

- Lathrope, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 122015


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 60 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a shoulder injury and the front seat passenger sustained bruising and internal bleeding that both required medical attention. The driver of the other vehicle sustained a head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 022015


  • 52,870 miles


The passenger's side air bag "off" light always illuminates even when there is a passenger occupying the seat. I am not aware if the air bags are takata brand air bags.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 83,178 miles
Our car was making a left turn and was struck by other car in the right front. One passenger was in front seat. The passenger air bag fully deployed preventing her from impacting windshield.the driver air bag only partially deployed (approximately 1/3 size of passengers). The driver was severely bruised by seatbelts.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

problem #8

Dec 012014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Front and passenger airbags say they are off even if someone in setting in seat. No accident has occurred.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 102014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Car stuck 3 trees and was declared a total loss. Front passenger and side air bags did not not deploy. There was damage to all sides of the car and the front and rear windshields were shattered. Driver air bad was the only one that deployed.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012014


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the driver crashed into the rear of a truck and the front driver's side air bag failed to deploy. No injuries were reported and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Jackson , MS, USA

problem #5

Oct 212011


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Honda Accord. While driving at an unknown speed, the rear passenger side tires failed and caused the driver to enter into oncoming traffic. A head on collision occurred and the driver and passenger side frontal air bags deployed. The pressure from the deployment caused major injuries to the driver and passenger for which medical attention was received. The driver suffered injuries to the brain, a broken nose, a broken arm, and a laceration to the knee. The passenger was in a coma and sustained massive facial cuts, lacerations to the head, and the right eye was moved out of place. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Middletown , RI, USA

problem #4

Sep 222014


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a pole. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. While driving 37 mph, the contact's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Desto, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated, indicating that the air bag had become inoperative. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the contact was advised that they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 16,000. The current mileage was approximately 16,500.

- Pensecola Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 162011


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, he was involved in a four vehicle crash. The vehicle was destroyed, but none of the air bags deployed. The contact's head struck the steering wheel and he suffered injuries, but was not taken to the hospital for treatment. The police and insurance company were notified and a report was available if needed. The manufacturer was also notified and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

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