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:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,420 miles

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2009 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #33

Jan 122016


  • 30 miles


Takata recall. I own a 2009 Honda Accord 2-dr and the recall is applied to the 4-dr only. However, I wouldn't be able to describe my car's issue better than the recall. I was driving on the highway (I-35) with approx. 65 mph, going straight not turning in any way. I heard a very loud pop noise and my passenger's seat and curtain airbags had deployed. Honestly, it's very hard to tell if I ran over a pothole or if I hit a rock because the loud noise and my shock dominated the moment. Thankfully, I was commuting alone that day and nobody got hurt. I stopped the car to inspect it and I couldn't see anything. I filled a claim with Honda customer service and took the car to the nearest Honda center for a diagnosis ($120). Honda customer service requested that one of their field engineers inspected the car. After his inspection, he determined that an impact caused the airbags to deploy. When I requested to see the impact signs, they pointed a scratch on the frame rail. They said that the scratch seems minor only because it happened on the toughest part of the car, the frame rail. That scratch is almost underneath the passenger's side sensor. I asked for more information, such as the threshold when an airbag deploys, how do they know that this scratch was not there before, etc. They didn't answer my questions, instead they told me that the scratch was "fresh". I'm attaching the pictures of the scratch on the frame rail. It's not very obvious but look at the silver scrape. I decided to take my car to my insurance (progressive). They were baffled with what they saw and they couldn't believe that such scratch would cause the airbags to deploy. The estimator helping me wasn't sure if they'll cover it. He'll elevate the issue and call me on Monday. Honda doesn't recognize this as a defect since they found a scratch. Progressive may not fix it. No car out of nowhere!

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #32

Oct 312015


  • 90,000 miles
Was in a car accident and hit another car, my air bags did not deploy. Police, ems, and fire department, and insurance company all advised me that they should have deployed on impact. Instead my chest hit the steering wheel causing loss of breath and bruising. I was traveling on a city street...updated 11/13/15

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #31

Sep 072015


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that after closing the front passenger side door, the passenger side curtain air bag suddenly deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #30

Sep 072015


  • 90,000 miles


On 9/7/2015, I shut my passenger door to my 2009 Honda Accord and the side air bag deployed. I have been battling Honda North America and have had two independent insurance adjusters verify that the air bag was not deployed due to any type of collision. The car was stationary and parked when this occurred.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #29

Aug 172015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to airbag indicator light illuminated. The consumer stated the dealer did not offer a satisfying explanation. The consumer was informed the problem she experienced with the air bag, was not covered under the recall. Update 01/10/17.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #28

May 132015


  • 50,000 miles
Side airbag light, driver's airbag light and passenger airbag light is on. I bought the car new and it's never been in an accident.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #27

Apr 232015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Chain reaction where I was the last vehicle in a stopped line of cars I was rear ended by an usb who was traveling fast and never attempted to brake the SUV struck the rear of my Accord and pushed me into the car in front my car had crushed rear end and crumpled front end while the side air beg went off the front air bag did not deploy....this is my concern since it struck the front of the next vehicle causing damage.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #26

Dec 272014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Slid into a curb. Locked up the seat belt, did not deploy airbags. I thought it was lifetime warranty on seat belts. Honda charged me $469 to replace driver side seat belt. SRS system would not reset. Now it points to front sensors. Honda wants $859 to replace front sensors and SRS control unit.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #25

Feb 272009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
Since the vehicle purchased there is air bag lights on went to workshop at Honda dealer three times. But still the problem exits.

- Dayton , NJ, USA

problem #24

Oct 182010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 32,110 miles
I noticed that the passenger side airbag sensor came on intermittently when someone was in the front passenger seat. I took it in to be checked at Honda of the avenues in jacksonville, fl. But they informed me that this was a normal action designed to shut off the airbag when persons lean in the path of the side airbag. I let them know that I wanted to have this checked, which they told me it was. Fast forward to Oct 2014 I heard of the airbag passenger problem and checked my VIN. I was not included in the recall but because of my original concern I called front range Honda in Colorado springs (we moved) and they ran a check of my system on 10/30/2014. Fortunately they found and replaced the faulty passenger seat rail sensors when they showed as major failure! thank goodness I never had an accident to test the passenger sensor's! please let me know if others have complained of the same failure and hopefully this will lead to a recall to prevent someone from finding out the hard way.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #23

Sep 182013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 87,500 miles


While making lane change, side curtain airbag, seat, and seatbelt retractor, deployed with out any contact to vehicle. 2009 Honda Accord located in orlando. Airbags, controller module, headliner, and seat have not been replaced yet. Seatbelt retractor was replaced with original Honda part.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 132014


  • 101,000 miles
Airbags failed to deploy when vehicle hit in front on driver's side. Vehicle was damaged to the extent the insurance company declared it a total loss.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #21

Jul 162014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Dashboard illustrates and indicates "side airbag" is turned off, randomly. This happens frequently(once a week), while nothing is blocking or conflicting with it's normal operation. In the event of a side collision, I'm deeply concerned this could be an electrical issue or faulty sensors for which will not allow the air bag to work properly.. or worse... not at all.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 262014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I took my 2009 Honda Accord to the dealership to complain that the warning light would come on indicating the passenger side airbags were off. The dealership told me that an object or passenger in the seat would affect this indicator. I advised them that nothing would be in the seat when the light would intermittenly light up. After much effort the dealership replaced the seat back senor in January 2014. The problem subsided temporarily. Today the dashboard indicator constantly turns on and off while I am driving regardless whether anyone or anything is in the passenger seat. If the indicator is correctly monitoring my passenger airbags, then I am driving my car 70 % of the time without the benefit of passenger side airbags never knowing if they will deploy properly, which is outrageous. I contacted american Honda and despite living in a recall "humidity zone" (miami, Florida) my Honda was not included in their limited recall of defective passenger airbag inflators. I think this is absurd and the NHTSA needs to force american Honda to include newer Honda's on their recall list for defective airbags.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 182014


  • miles
No incident at this time. But airbag light stays lit and on dashboard the seatbelt lights up and the off lights, keeps blinking on dashboard and above hazard button. Are there any other complaints?

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 082014


  • 72,032 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The technician advised that the supplemental restraint system module be replaced in order to locate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,032.

- Cleaveland , OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 012014


  • 85,000 miles
I am currently having water leakage from the headliner right where the side curtain airbags are located. This is occurring on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. I am concerned not only for the damage this is causing to my vehicle but because if I were to be in an accident I am afraid that airbags will malfunction and not deploy.

- Riceboro, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 152014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over multiple times. All of the air bags deployed except for the steering wheel air bag. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a head laceration and multiple body contusions that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Perry, OK, USA

problem #15

Aug 152014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road. The vehicle crashed and rolled over multiple times. All of the air bags deployed except for the steering wheel air bag. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The contact sustained a head laceration and multiple contusions. Medical attention was received. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Perry, OK, USA

problem #14

Aug 032014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, another vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and the contact crashed into the driver's side of the second vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to a hospital where arm, neck, and lower back injuries were treated. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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