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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,510 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.

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 182018


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact heard an explosive sound. While the sun roof was open, the contact discovered that the sun roof glass shattered. The following day, the vehicle was driven to the dealer (arrowhead Honda in peoria, Arizona) where it was determined that the sun roof exploded for no apparent reason. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact left a voice message. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 192015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
The sunroof shattered for no apparent reasons, no cars nearby, sunny day. There was a pop, then the sunroof glasses started to come down.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 262014


  • 61,900 miles
I was driving my 2009 Honda Accord on the interstate I-44 East near fort leonard wood Missouri. No other vehicles were in front of me or around me. Weather was clear, temperature was in the mid 50S. No impact to the vehicle occurred. The sunroof on my vehicle spontaneously shattered and exploded sending glass throughout the interior of the car. Further, while cleaning up the glass many of the pieces were sharp and glass splinters were prevalent. There were numerous nicks and cuts on my hands and my son's hands from cleaning up the glass which was everywhere. If anyone had been in the back seat of the car (particularly a child), they could have been seriously hurt. My son witnessed this as well - he was sitting in the passenger seat. Again, both of us can confirm that there were no vehicles in front or to the side of us and nothing happened (such as a rock from a vehicle in front) that would have caused the sunroof to shatter. Further, the fact that it shattered the way it did with sharp glass and splintering throughout the car is problematic. I have tried to address this matter with Honda to no avail. I consider this a significant safety issue. A sunroof should never explode in this matter absent a manufacturing defect. More importantly, had those small, sharp shards of glass and splinters hit someone's eyes in the backseat of the car, it could have resulted a very serious injury. Based upon searches on the internet, other Honda owners have experienced the same occurrence.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 272012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving up I-95 North in about woodbridge, Virginia at about 60-65mph. Suddenly, I heard a noise that sounded like a gun shot and a loud wind sound as if the window was open. I pulled over on the side of the road and pulled back my sunroof shade, come to find that the entire sunroof glass was completely shattered. I immediately put the shade back and drove home and immediately called my insurance company. I did not witness anything hitting my car, the only thing that I could determine is that I had my heater turned on high because it was so cold that day. My assumption is the extreme temperature differences and pressure that caused my sunroof to shatter.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 262009


  • 9,652 miles
I was driving my 2009 Honda Accord 4dr sdn about 70 miles per hr. When the glass on the sunroof blew out the top. It was not hit by a rock or anything as we were not following anyone or met anyone going in the opposite direction. The glass was almost all sucked up and out the top so very little fell in on us. We took it to dealer and had the repairs made.

- Upland, IN, USA

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