Notes: The 2008 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:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
35 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,643 miles

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2008 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 9 of 15)

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problem #122

Dec 072015


  • miles


I just fixed my 2008 Honda Accord again the SRS unit system. As first, I don¿T think this system is easy to failure, but it happened to my car. The SRS celtainly light came on and staying for a couple months, I went to dealer near by to have the diagnoses check and find out the SRS unit went bad? (that is dangerous). But the cost is too costly to fix. Dealer told me that I can wait a few month, maybe Honda will recalls again the airbag to fix it free. (they never mention the SRS unit. SRS unit is the heart of the airbag system). Then I told them that I can¿T wait untill then. It is my wife car. She has to drive my two sons to school everyday and I worry the rain is wiil be coming soon. And I have to replaced the SRS uint for $680 included diagnoses. The complaint I wrote is the SRS unit suppose to work as long as the car still operate" when it failured? if accendent? what is going to happen to you as a driver and to the passenger??" I like Honda very much but not happy which what happen to my Honda Accord now.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #121

Dec 022015


  • 115,000 miles
"takata recall" our car was in a front end collision and the front end was knocked off. My daughter was driving and the airbags did not deploy. Neither the front or the side curtain airbags went off and my daughter hit the steering wheel with her face and hit her arm and shoulder on the door. Both police and paramedics said they should have deployed. Turning in motion and left onto main road into traffic.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #120

Nov 012015

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V665000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 02/19/16 updated 02/25/16.

- Forestville, MD, USA

problem #119

Nov 182015


  • 91,300 miles


For 2 yrs my 2008 Honda Accord would make a loud rumble at a cold startup. I took my car to a few mechanics including Honda and unfortunately the problem could not be detected. My car has 91,300 miles consumes excessive amounts of oil to a point of monthly oil changes. I received a recall notice and scheduled an appointment at staten island Honda service center on sat. Nov. 15. I was told that Honda would need to keep the vehicle for 2 days in order to fix the sticking piston recall and the air bag recall. I rescheduled for thur. Nov 19th 7:45 am so that I could get a rental car. I dropped my car off weds. Nov. 18th at 6:30 pm, so that I could go to work on time the next day and Honda accommodated me. However, I was told by the manager that I would not be getting the recalls repaired because I do not qualify for the air bag recall even though when I look up my VIN # on the Honda website it clearly states my car qualifies. I was also told that I would only be getting an oil change which I would have to pay for, they would need to monitor my car for 1,000 miles to see how much oil I consume. I explained that I had already consumed 60% in less than 4 weeks. I feel my vehicle is unsafe to drive my car rumbles on acceleration and jerks hesitantly while the oil light goes on spontaneously. I feel I am entitled to the recall repairs with no hesitance from the Honda service center.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #118

Nov 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to brake, engine, electrical, air bag light, seat belt, light problems and radio problems. The consumer stated the pistons were replaced a couple of years ago. The engine has been misfiring since July 2014. The coils, spark plugs and fuel injectors were replaced and the check engine light continued to stay on.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #117

Aug 202015


  • 129,853 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed as an internal SRS failure and the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,853.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #116

Dec 242014


  • 80,000 miles


Car was hit in the rear and the passenger ( right front) airbag deployed. Car was stationary when it was hit and the air bag deployed.

- Narragansett, RI, USA

problem #115

Mar 152015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, the air bag and SRS warning indicators illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #114

Oct 132015


  • 66,287 miles
The air bag light stays on constantly. I took it to the dealer, I was told that the control module would have to be replaced at a cost of $752. The car has 66,287 miles on it. The previous owner had a small rear end collision but the air bags did not deploy. I was told that some of the other parts of the safety system were covered repairs at no cost but the control sensor was not covered. I took the car to autonation Honda in memphis, tn.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #113

Sep 242015


  • 77,000 miles
Driver traveling speed limit on interstate 40 outside kingman, AZ. Driver drifted off the road, over corrected, and struck a wooden post at the end of guardrail, causing car to leave the roadway. The air bags did not deploy, leading insurance investigators concerned. Insurance adjustors felt the car could be fixed until a large hole was discovered in the transmission. Concern to all was that air bags did not deploy.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #112

Sep 152015


  • 145,000 miles


With no impact or apparent reason the air bag light has come on. One Honda dealer told me that no air bags would deploy if in an accident and another Honda dealer told me that all the air bags would deploy in an accident. Both advised against fixing as very expensive to determine reason for light. I drive a lot and do not want to put myself or my family in danger. Please help

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #111

Sep 152015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #110

Aug 152015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at 40 mph, the air bag and seat belt warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and then to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the software failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Viera, FL, USA

problem #109

Sep 102014


  • 100,000 miles
Passenger airbag warning light comes on intermently while drive car. Had Honda check the issue out they said would cost approx. $1000 to repair. Read article in local news paper Aug 22,2015 that NHTSA is investigating defect that could prevent airbags from deploying. We spent several hundred dollars to have this issue fixed at a local garage. Were dos this issue currently stand?.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #108

Sep 032015


  • 174,620 miles
On the 3rd of September the door was closed, and all passenger side air bags deployed, my grandson was in his car seat, but suffered no harm. The car was parked.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #107

Jul 062015


  • 58,000 miles
Our 2008 Honda Accord SRS indicator is on which alerts a potential problem with the airbag or seat belt tensioners per owner's manual. We took the car to Honda dealer. It took them hours and charged us $157 but couldn't find the problem. They ended up suggesting either we replace SRS unit $603+tax, and if problem still present then replace the gauge control module $555+tax. Hereby we're reporting this issue and hope Honda will recall the vehicle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #106

Aug 142015


  • 74,850 miles
The airbag indicator light came on while driving. My mechanic says that the airbag control module appears to be faulty and the airbags will not deploy in the case of a crash.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #105

Jan 212015


  • miles
My airbag light stays on and the alarm doesn't go off when the seat belt isn't put on. I just began to have trouble starting the vehicle. Now I can't start it and I've had to have it towed to my home.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #104

Jul 282015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V320000 (air bags) and 15V370000 (air bags) were received in July of 2015. After contacting the dealer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be provided. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Carleton, MI, USA

problem #103

Jun 142015


  • miles
First incident was on 6/14/2015. I was driving on the highway as my engine light came on and the car started shaking. I pulled over and turned the car off because it smelled like smoke. As I tried to turn the vehicle back on it would not cut back on. The car had to get towed and repairs had to be done to the tune of $1,500. The battery, gasket, plugs & alternator had to be replaced. Second incident was on 7/17/2015. As I was making a left hand turn the car stalled & I was hit by another vehicle. All air bags deployed and burst. The right front wheel was pushed in.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

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