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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48 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 #3

Mar 012010


  • miles


2009 Honda Accord sedan. Consumer states design problem found with head restraint. The head restraint was very uncomfortable.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 292009


  • 44 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was purchased, she was unable to sit comfortably in the driver seat due to the head rest. She also had a sharp pain between her shoulder blades after test driving the vehicle. She is familiar with detailed information related to the head rest and stated that the manufacturer should redesign the vehicle. Her height is 5'2 and could be a contributing factor; however, the head rest should accommodate all heights. She has owned the vehicle for three days and has considered returning it to the dealer. The current and failure mileage was 44.

- Weathersfield, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 032009


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the front driver's side headrest struck the contact's head. The headrest failed to adjust properly to his height. The contact's height is 6'5. the failure occurred without warning when traveling on normal road surfaces and speed bumps. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the headrest angle and height adjustment were a manufacturer design. The VIN was unable to be entered into the system. The failure mileage was 100 and current mileage was 350.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

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