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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 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.

2009 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 242009


  • 4,000 miles


My 2009 Honda Accord ex-L was rear impacted by a big SUV when I was stopped at signal light. As a result of rear end collision, I hit the car in front. The front airbag was poorly inflated. I was injured and went to the nearest emergency room. The air bag part was repaired by the auto body shop.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 092006


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. It was raining and windy she was driving at 45 mph and when she was turning around a curve she lost control of the vehicle went down embankment and collided into a tree and the driver frontal air bag did not deployed. She received injuries to left ear and head concussion. Jefferson county sheriff office case number 200911003315. The vehicle will be repaired. She contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated to have her insurance company investigates the air bag failure.

- Hueytown, AL, USA

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