Notes: The 2011 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 "never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 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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2011 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012014


  • 50,000 miles


This is not a safety complaint but more of a defect. I have a 2011 Honda Accord and it had less than 50,000 miles when I noticed the issue. I have leather interior and the arm rest on the driver's door bubbles in extreme heat. Once it cools off, it lays back down some, but never flat as it should be. It is concerning that this is happening on a car that is not that old. Upon googling this issue, I see that there are many Honda owners who have complained of the same thing. I took it to the dealer and was told that it is not covered under the extended warranty and it is very concerning especially when the dealer (prioroity Honda in chesapeake, va) says that its the glue and it will be $150 to repair. Really....I would have been best off getting cloth interior. This is the 3rd Honda I have owned, but afraid it may be my last.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010


  • miles
Faulty lumbar support in Honda Accord SE 2011. The lumbar support in the above model is faulty and is resulting in serious back-ache to many drivers (online posts can be checked). Even with zero settings on lmbar support, it protudes outsides resulting in back pain to many including myself. This is also a safety issue as due to uncomfortable position and the resulting pain causes the drivers to move and alter positions of sitting, changing the seat settings while driving. The pain also results in taking mind off traffic and whats happening on the road. The issue is sometimes experienced by many on driving more than 30 miles on the first try. Please investigate.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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