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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,617 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 #8

Jan 092019


  • 67,000 miles


Couldn't get traction on light snow-covered road. Vsa light was flashing and my car wasn't responding to brake to vsa. I applied my brakes to slow down (to no avail). Now my car is out of control and proceeding down a slight incline to a stop sign...picking up speed along the brakes are "to the floor" the whole time as I slide through intersection I have my steering wheel turned right. The front passenger side ended up crashing into a street sign & telephone pole. I was told by police that a car that swerved to avoid me made contact with my rear fender and my car then spun right into the poles. Also, neither front air bags deployed upon impact

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 282017


  • 160,000 miles
Electronic stability sensor comes on, vehicle shuts off/loses power while driving. Once off, there's a period of about 10 seconds before it can come back on.

- Camden, DE, USA

problem #6

Jun 122017


  • miles
Well before Honda cars was my top pryority cars. But unfortunatlly 5 month ago I bought a car in a diller call apex in fremont ca. And after the first week using the car the check engine light came on & 45 minutes later another 2 lights came on total 3 lights came on my car (check engine light ) ( vsa ) & last one is a triangle signal with this letter inside /!\ I took the car to the diller already about 5 times & the problem steel on my car after that I took it to the Honda diller and they charge me $ $180 to fix me the problem they promess me the car was fixed & 30 days later lights came back againg I took it back to the Honda diller because they said if the problem came back they supost to fix me the car for free and unfortunatly they charge me $ $375 for labor and $ $185 for the part but another 3 weeks later the problem with the lights came back againg and the worst thing is the car is no't available to drive because when that lights are on the car doesn't run faster than 30 milles for hourly. & honestly I M tired already because I steel have to pay arround $ 11.000 for the car to the diller because I M steel working my credit and if they can not fix the problem because I pay alot of money already trying to fix I M very disapoint. & because if I go to the Honda diller they go to charge me another may be $500 O more. Thank S for the oportunity for letting me writte this message here.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013


  • 100,000 miles


2009 Honda Accord ex V6 has numerous problems at 130K...most originating at 70-90K. Excessive oil consumption (1 qt a week)! rough idle and acceleration, 6 lights lit up on dash, including check engine...comes on and off intermittently.....fouled spark plugs, ticking noise coming from steering wheel when turning, brakes must be replaced every 10K miles, loud ticking noise from engine, poor acceleration with missing/sputtering, smoke emits from tailpipes, vsc light stays on along with TPMS! the list goes on and on...I have been loyal to Honda since 1993 having owned many, especially Accord and this one takes the cake....the worst vehicle ever owned! do not buy Honda...they do not care about you and never will! I missed the class action lawsuit by a couple of months on the engine misfire deal...just recently was made aware of it. Never again Honda!!!!

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 162015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 48,164 miles
I was driving my 2009 Accord on my snow covered street and the vehicle stability (vsa) light flashed on, as it should, when the vehicle loses traction. However, the light stayed on and the ABS and brake lights both appeared as well and all 3 stayed lit. At first, I thought they would reset, but after a few days, they did not. The vsa and anti-lock brake functions were no longer working. My car was brought to a local dealership where they performed a diagnostic test and based on the computer codes, determined that the ABS modulator needed to be replaced. The cost for this repair was over $1300! at that time, I decided not to complete the repair because I wanted to call american Honda to see if they could provide a discount for this very important and expensive safety component. After more than a week, they did finally offer a discount and the repair was completed for $800. My research has indicated that this part has had a history of problems in some Honda vehicles manufactured around 2009. The ABS modulator should not have failed on my Honda Accord with such low mileage. I believe that it must have been a manufacturing defect with 2009 Honda vehicles.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 182013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 125,816 miles
Engine light and vsa warning light came on while driving on the freeway. Luckily my family reached our destination shortly after this occurred in fontana, ca. While the vehicle was in motion it would jerk and hesitate backwards while driving. I took it to rock Honda the following morning on 10/18/2013 in fontana, ca and they charged me $638.60 stating the vehicle needed a PCM updated software and adjusted valves. In doing further research it seems I should have never been charged this as there is a recall id #74308 stating issues with the PCM and tcm and that Honda would update the control module software free of charge.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 36,750 miles
I have 2009 Honda Accord I purchased from bayridge Honda 23089 miles at 2011. Today 36700 miles. When I was driving brooklyn queens expressway two weeks ago vsa and engine light is on. And feeling engine is vibrating& uncontrolled brake distance, two weeks ago I visit my car dealer; there is vsa & engine light on when my car 36500 miles. Bayridge Honda service checked there is no mistake in the car. When I back my car engine light is off everything looking smooth. (charged 105.00$)following weekend short trip Connecticut- new haven (180 miles) and I returned as some problem engine is irregular working or stalling when is working. I called american Honda before serviced my car.just suggest serviced your car. First vsa following engines light and uncontrolled loose brake condition is came when engine not take gas irregular. Engine vibration and shut off personal auto technician test driven car with me, he diagnosed some problem. Something is running wrongly. Please be advice this unsafely condition where complaint this situations. I will be international trip September 20 to October 1 out of usa, car is parking not driving for unsafely condition. Sincerely

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 202010


  • 19,203 miles
Premature brake wear on 2009 Honda Accord V6. Brakes have squealed every time vehicle is driven (since about 5K miles). On 3/20/10 after routine service, I was told vehicle needed rear brakes (disks) at 19,203 K miles. I subsequently did checking on and it appears this is not an isolated incident. Also, I visited an Acura dealer's service center to see if the Acura tsx had similar issues - it does.

- Lanham, MD, USA

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