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 "we 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:
27,327 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.

2011 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 122016


  • 95,000 miles


I have took my car to the shop because it keeps speeding up and down and they said they didn't couldn't find anything wrong with the transmission and it's still doing it and I had the transmission fluid change hoping it would help it but it didn't.. they changed the fluid but not the filter.. now the transmission seal is leaking.. I have had this car to the shop several times.. the car speeds up going up or down hills or driving straight on flat roads.

- Herndon, WV, USA

problem #13

Feb 112016


  • 50 miles
This car currently with 20349 miles.I was driving on the highway for over 50 mi.all of sudden there's no power steering.I managed to drive home in few miles. I check the steering fluid still full.please check is this problem is the same recall with 2007 Honda Accord model??

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 062015


  • miles
I had an SRS light on at 44000 miles and took it into Honda, figure it was a safety thing they would take care of it. Honda wanted to charge me 100 dollars for a diagnostic. I told them no. They then told me they would talk to Honda to wave fee. Honda paid for diagnostic came back with code indicating cable reel issue. Honda said it would be 545 dollars to replace and if it didn't get replaced it may cause issues with airbag inflator and may not inflate in a car accident. I told them this was a Honda safety problem and they should replace it. The newest round of recalls were for Accord 2008-2010. I guess I will just wait around until my car eventually gets recalled until then cross my fingers I don't get in an accident.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #11

Oct 262015


  • 56,057 miles


I lost power and I notice battery light indicator came on after making a right turn while going 5 mph while raining in a puddle of water. Shortly after which, maybe 5 seconds, I regained power back. This has happened twice while turning during a rain, although it does not happen every time it rains.

- Prichard, AL, USA

problem #10

Sep 142015


  • 46,500 miles
Transmission makes a loud whining noise. Dealer diagnosed a power steering rack fluid leak. I'm told very unusual for only approx. 46K miles. No recalls for this year model yet. The repair estimate is over $1500. My 36K mile warranty is expired so dealer won't cover the repair. I bought a Honda because I heard and believed they were very good cars. I no longer have that belief! I will not purchase another Honda. No other maker has required extensive repair work at such low mileage.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #9

May 012013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the battery warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions and only during rain weather conditions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Freeport, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 292014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 21,408 miles


Had a loss of steering due to power steering fluid being too low because of a leak in the rack and pinion.

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 022014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The dealership advised that the power steering rack was leaking the fluid and would have to be replaced. I know there was a recall for this same thing on earlier model Honda Accord. I wonder if it's still an issue as my car is just over 3 years old and only 46,000 miles.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 192012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I brought the car used certified with 6,800 miles. After a week of driving, the car feels like it has a mind of it own, I don't have full control of the car. Every time I hit a bump the car will swing left and right. Or when I'm going over 55 mph on the highway, the car moves left and right by it self. Something feels loose, I was driving local on 11/25/12 and made a left turn, the engine just shut off on me, I took it back to the dealer and the dealer found nothing wrong with the car or with the suspension. My friend have the same problem with his car, the suspension on the 2011 Honda Accord SE don't feel right.the problem needs to be corrected, I have a 2 year old and a new born in my house that goes in and out of this vehicle. I don't need to wait until something happens for the dealer or manufacturer to fix the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
At approximately 50+ mph the front of the car shakes. This has been going on for almost over an year. I took it to the dealership, said nothing is wrong. It starts to shake so bad that you have to let up on the accelerator and almost stop, before you feel safe enough to continue on. Shaking is the worse for the first 3 miles at the start of the day but never seems to completely goes away.

- Fremont, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 052011

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


2011 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to excessive steering vibration. The consumer stated the steering vibration traveled throughout the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer on five separate occasions, to have the problem corrected, but to date, they have been unable to do so.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 042011


  • 2,300 miles
I purchased a new 2011 Accord ex-L and after 6 months of light driving (city and hwy) I noticed a shimmy/shaking in the steering wheel. I took the car back to the dealership 5 times for this issue and they replaced one tire and one wheel, balanced the tires numerous times but they were unable to resolve the issue. Now the dealer refuses to acknowledge there is a problem saying it is not a big deal and that all Accord have this issue. I even met with the factory rep and he noticed the problem but said that Honda and dealer can't resolve it as it is not related to tires, wheels or drive train. But could not offer any explanation as to what causes the shimmy saying the shimmy is "normal" and it's not a big deal. I've asked for a new set of tires and wheels but they refused to do it saying they can't afford the cost and it will not make the car drive differently. Very disappointed with Honda and dealer.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 042011


  • 3,265 miles
My car has a steering shimmy and vibration problem that began as mild and is now severe and vibrates the entire vehicle. Honda balanced my tires several times, then replaced all 4 Michelin Pilot tires with 4 new ones. Those had to be repeatedly balanced and then were replaced a 2nd time in less than 1,000 miles. The 2nd set was repeatedly balanced with no results. Both front axles were replaced and both front rotors were replaced with the vibration never changing. Honda's area rep agreed to replace wheels and tires with after market bbs wheels and Bridgestone serenity tires to rule out wheel and tire problems. Problem did not change and has now gotten worse as the mileage increases. (9K miles now). You can google 2011 Honda Accord shimmy problem and see that the problem is widespread in the usa and Canada, but Honda usa is telling me that I am the only one. I have bought 4 brand new Accord exl V6 cars in 8 years, have loved these cars, and am very surprised that Honda is flat out lying to me. My dealer has been helpful and supportive, and the area rep has been diligent in his efforts, too. However Honda usa is stonewalling me, by not returning calls, and delay after delay. I have asked for a buyback under lemon law statute, as the dealer says that they cannot fix this problem, that they definitely acknowledge. (they replaced tires 3 times, and wheels and axles once) Honda usa is taking the position that this is not a big deal, but the vehicle is not safe to drive. Honda usa told me to take the car back to the dealer today, but the dealer doesn't want it and says that Honda is done chasing the problem. Can you help me understand my options, and if your administration can assist me in getting Honda's attention at (hopefully) a higher level of management? I sincerely appreciate any suggestions that you can offer.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 162011

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2011 Honda Accord. Consumer states problem with steering and brakes

- Hatfield, PA, USA

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