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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,228 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 #2

Nov 092009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 6,455 miles


I bought my car brand new in July 2009, in Nov. 2009 I started having issues with the door actuators. Since Nov. 2009 they have fixed my actuators 7 times, 4 times in 2012. I also have had the center arm rest replaced twice due to bubbling (needs to be replaced again). About 3 weeks ago I was unable to lock my car from the inside. This brings up a huge safety issue. I have also informed the dealership that my actuators are going again in my car. In August 2014, the dealership told me I would have to pay since my car is out of warranty. When I was unable to lock my car from the inside I decided to contact Honda. They refuse to fix the issue because my car is out of warranty and has 83,000 miles on it. Even though this has been an ongoing issue since Nov. 2009. My steering wheel has also cracked and the casing has had to be replaced. The vtc actuator had to be repaired ( I had to personally do research and diagnose my cars' issue and find the service bulletin in order for the dealership to cover/fix it). My car has run out of oil and had to go through an oil consumption test (yet my gauge still said 30%). the arm rest on the drivers door has also had to be replaced due to bubbling and slicing in the "leather". after all of these issues, Honda still refuses to fix the actuator problem because my car is no longer under warranty. I take excellent care of my car and expect Honda to stand behind their parts/products/cars, especially when it becomes a safety issue and the car cannot be locked from the inside.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Key fob has a known defect and works intermintently. $160 to fix what should be a covered issue.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

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