Notes: The 2010 Honda Accord has a solid reputation (so far), with one very significant flaw: 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:
26,980 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Honda Accord steering problems

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2010 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 042016

Accord 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


I bought my 2010 Honda Accord 2dr LX-S (5A) brand new in August 2010 and have had several issues with it since - most of which has gotten worse that I am scared for my safety and those on the road. - while driving on both highway and non highway speeds ranging from 15mph - 60mph severe rubber smell and grinding of brakes-sounded as if the entire car was going to fall apart. When I got home the rear brakes and pads were completely rusted, black and were extremely hot to touch. Schaumburg dealership said the rear pads weren't installed correctly. -everyday since mile 25,000 my car when started at any time has made a large and extremely loud cranking noise that lasts about 2 seconds. Schaumburg dealership days this is related to the I-vtec 4-cylinder engine but it was no longer under warranty. (this was at 71,000 miles). No fuss had been made had they said it is completely fine with the cranking noise. -when turning and driving in general the car makes a weird whining noise from 0mph - 45mph I've noticed this many times as when turning left or right my vehicle ias extremely uneven. This also could relate to the starting wheel being 5 inches to the right when the wheels are straight; I've paid for multiple alignments and it continues to happen. -lastly the breaking system is terrible and does not stop correctly. I now have to slow down almost to a complete stop 500 feet prior so they work; I have to drive extremely slow and be very cautious.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #10

Nov 012014


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Accord. While driving at low speeds, the steering wheel was difficult to turn. The steering wheel required excessive force in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Murray , KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 202014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Driving approximately-15 mph on a local round-about and the engine appeared to stop running. I coasted to an intersection and stopped along the road. Engine turned over initially then only buzzing sound. Shifter locked in park after stopping. Door locks and windows were functional as well as the fan motor. Limited lights on the panel, tire pressure system, and red passenger seat icons were lighted. I would consider this a dangerous occurrence. Fortunately I was not in a bad location for stopping.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 012010


  • 300 miles


Steering wheel and front end shakes when driving over 60mph. Issue started when car had a few hundred miles on it. Dealership replaced tires, balanced tires many times, performed alignment, replaced front rotors. Problem still exists. Seems unsafe to drive at times. Car now has 21000 miles.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #7

Nov 152013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 34,975 miles
2010 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to power steering rack and pump replacement.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Highway speed vibration at various intensities, mostly at speeds over 60. Car shakes and vibrates. Honda dealership evaluated situation and noted no problems with suspension, replaced front and side motor mounts without solving problem. Factory tech stated these problems have been evaluated as "bad tires". car had problem with prior tires and current tires had less than 2,000 miles on them. Tires were rebalanced, aligned and rotated - no improvement. Same problem with second car (same make/model 2008). Internet searching indicates this is a problem with 2008 through at least 2012 vehicles. Dealer tried to test the tire issue by swapping tires from another used vehicle on the lot. They test drove 3 vehicles to find one but all three had the same vibration issue. I think there is a design issue with this model and the problem is being ignored by Honda (must be a huge issue and/or a very expensive fix). I have seen statements that this is a "characteristic of this vehicle" and noted other similar explanations. In my mind this is a safety issue. It is very distracting to experience serious vibrations at high speeds. It is also unsafe to be driving on high speed roads at lower speeds to avoid the issue.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 232011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles


Engine rpms go up when stopped or barely moving if steering wheel is moved. Has gotten worse and it now has 5200 miles. No luck with dealership. Say it normal for the rpms to go up if you move steering wheel. Supposed to call factory and call me no phone call yet.

- Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 022011


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle began steering in multiple directions causing the contact to momentarily lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 18,000.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 132010


  • 3,500 miles
Unable to get the lock mechanism to engage to start the car. My mother has been left stranded five times due to lock mechanism seizing and her being unable to start car. She has called the Honda service dept. Twice and they recommended pulling hard on steering wheel (toward chest of driver). They obviously knew to recommend this remedy. But my mother is 90 pounds and frail. It took strong males (strangers in a parking lot, most recently while it was snowing) to pull the steering wheel out to affect the remedy so the car would start. Honda has not offered to correct the problem and tries to blame her for "leaning on the steering wheel" as she exits the vehicle. 90 pounds"?" my extended family has owned 20+ Honda's in the past - including me owning a 2009 ex-L. we are all now disappointed. Not to mention that my mother was made to wait in Honda service for her initial 3000 mile oil change for 2 hours. They also charge her for rotating the tires at 3000 miles...talking about taking advantage of an elderly widow..... she went later to have the air checked in her tires because of the low pressure warning (remember, she is recently widowed with no knowledge of cars and her children are hours away) and they mad her wait 1 hour for this. Shame on Honda. Her car is up for sale and so is mine. The extended family will no longer buy Honda's. her local dealer where she bought the car is asheboro Honda, asheboro, North Carolina. They have thus far been indifferent to her situation.

- Williamsburg, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 122010


  • 4,500 miles
Knocking noise at low speed 5 to 10 mph. Appears to be in steering rack. Thought perhaps brakes but we have eliminated those. Popping noise can felt when moving steering wheel right to left and idle with or without engine running and holding hand on tie rod ends. Dealer says there is no problem but steering is not safe with this being felt. Car has 5000 miles on odometer and is 4 months old. It just started 1 day at about 4500 miles.the longer it is driven in a day the louder the noise becomes.

- Hurt, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012009

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I did not have an accident but when I went to purchase 4-cylinder 2010 Honda Accord I notice that steering system was completely unacceptable and unsafe. I used to be a steering engineer hence know the system expectations. I did not buy the vehicle. Steering does not return to center. I drove my friends car and it has the same issue. Someone can get really hurt. This is typically a safety to fuel economy tradeoff engineering choice. I do not work in auto industry anymore but wanted government to investigate this issue.

- Novi, MI, USA

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