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 2012 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,292 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.

2012 Honda Accord fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 012015


  • miles


Engine coolant, thermostat, radiator and engine failed at a mere 37K miles. Honda refused to cover. It was in motion when it started smoking and shooting out fluid from under the hood. Had it towed to two Honda dealerships only to not have it covered.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 182014


  • 30,000 miles
VIN: [xxx] year: 2012 make: Honda model: Accord sedan when accelerating from stop or stop and go traffic, when accelerator is engaged car does not respond for appx. 5 seconds then accelerates at rapid pace causing a sudden jerk in acceleration. I have been behind other cars when this has happen which could have resulted in rear-in accident. Also crossing median with on-coming traffic on other side when car would stall while crossing almost causing on-coming car to hit me on passenger side. Since car was purchased used and out of warranty for this problem, townsend BMW, would not repair problem or even look at it after sale. This occurs at different times so have to drive for a while before it will occur. Will be taking to dealer soon when I can afford cost of parts and repairs. I have discovered that if I hold brake and give some acceleration I am assured the car will not stall on take off. This is the only safe way to drive this car in this condition.however, it is not normal by no means. Thank you for reading and hope this isn't happening to others but certainly needs to be considered for recall if others are having problems. Many possible situations where this could cause accident and injury to driver, passenger and others in front of the car. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012012


  • 250 miles
The mechanism for releasing the fuel door is a latch/button located inside the vehicle near the driver side floor. Depressing the mechanism is supposed to release the exterior fuel door so that gasoline can be filled into the vehicle. The mechanism does not work. Upon repeated pressing of the button, the fuel door will not open. Eventually, prying a flat object into the spacing between the fuel door and the body is required to release the fuel door. The vehicle has been serviced at mile high Honda for this problem twice (the latest service occuring on January 2, 2015) and in both instances the technicians, while able to reproduce the problem, were unable to repair it. The technicians stated that they have seen this problem with other 2012 model Accord and have not been able to identify the source of the problem or fix it. Further, the technicians stated that they spoke with Honda's technical service department, who acknowledged the problem exists for other 2012 Accord and stated that they have no resolution at the time. Lastly, despite widespread occurence of this problem, Honda has yet to recall the vehicles to remedy this issue. I have owned this vehicle for over two years, which was purchased brand new, and this problem has been recurring every single time I have attempted to open the fuel door. The problem is significant in that it restricts ability to fuel the vehicle.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 152012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,500 miles


The problem is that the vehicle hesitates after I start a turn, then have to stop, then when I want to accelerate again the hesitation occurs. This has occurred approximately 6 times in a 4000 mile period. The vehicle has always accelerated after hesitating but there is a noticeable hesitation which is cause for concern. I have read other comments about similar hesitation problems which seem to mirror my experience. I will ask the dealer about this problem when I next take the vehicle in for service.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I got my 2012 Honda Accord it had 8 miles on it. I have had several incidents while driving that the acceleration delays about five seconds it feels just like the car is not getting gas and then it kicks in. This usually occurs when I have slowed down or am taking off from a light turning. I have had that delay happen when ever I drive.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222012


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that in colder weather, the fuel cap was extremely difficult to remove. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they were not familiar with the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that in colder weather, the fuel would shrink and cause a vacuum, making it more difficult to remove the fuel cap. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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