Notes: The 2012 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,929 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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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


All the glass on the car with the exception of the windshield suffers from the same problem. There is a streaky finish to the glass that when wet and especially when it's damp and dark outside dangerously obscure the vision from inside the vehicle. Many types of glass cleaner have been tried without success and Honda only suggested using glass cleaners. I believe the problem lies in the glass itself and no amount of cleaning will get rid of this. This is a potentially dangerous situation particularly driving in the winter after sunset. It's been a problem with the car from new. The two door mirrors are also affected.

- Montgomery, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 112015


  • 59,044 miles
Window tab failure. While in motion on surface streets driver's side automatic window would not roll up or down. Driver lightly pushed on window to try to jostle the window loose. Window then collapsed into door well. Window was subsequently stuck in the door well. Driver was expectantly exposed to elements and unable to manipulate window up or down. Vehicle is 3 years old with 59,044 miles. Honda automotive shop identified that the window came unglued from the tags holding it in place. Honda shop identified that they have never seen this on a car this new, may be common for a 20-30 year old car but not for a Honda this new.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 202014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,350 miles
Passenger side sun visor would not stay up in place.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,450 miles
That was on Monday 12/31/2012 while traffic in freeway was very clear. I set cruise control at 60 mile/hour but suddenly the car kept increasing faster more than 75 miles. I was panic and kept stepping brake to reduce speed. About one minute, the car was reduced at speed of 50 miles/hour. I tested it without cruise control. I drove steadily about 60 mile/hour about 10 minutes that the car started accelerated by itself again and hit 75 miles/hour. I kept stepping brake steadily to reduce speed until it kicking into 50 mile/hr. This car is definitely defective car with numerous issues. Its defrost system does not function at all that almost killed me on September 2012. Again I brought it to dealer on 01/02/2013 for accelerated issue and defrost system but Honda power dealer still could not detect it. I filed complaint with ftc and district attorney/prosecute unit to request to investigate about this issue. I contacted to Honda motor to request it to take this car back and terminate my lease but Honda motor refused my request because Honda motor used test results from power Honda dealer and Honda world dealer as Honda motor 's decision found that there were not any defective with defrost system and accelerate found. Honda motor made this car and failed to detect its problems that is no matter it can detect this car problem or not that Honda has to hold accountability to lease it to me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 122012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,300 miles
My car was parked in orange coast college- costa mesa- ca parking lot about 5pm- 9pm. I got out about 9pm at night that was summer time but it was unusually very froggy night. My exterior windows car were fully covered with frog and water that warmed up my car for 3 minutes and pushed defrost button that turned yellow but I waited for 20 minutes for rear window defrost frog but there was nothing happened. I could not back up because there were so many car rows behind me. I had to open all four window car and asked male student helped me to back up. I drove my car to home with four window completely open that was the only way I could look at two side windows to drive my car home at the dark and heavy froggy condition. That took about 35 minutes to drive home instead of 15 minutes that I used to drive from my school to home. After that incident I parked my car often outside instead of inside of my garage to try to detect about that basic but very serious issue. Defrost functionality at my car. That was Feb 20,2012 I took my car to power Honda service where I leased this car for fix it but this dealer found that there was nothing found with its defrost functionality. Later that I keep parking my outside to test how exactly my car' defrost functionality. There were some morning due for testing water condensation obtained on my exterior window car that I have found that defrost function at my car totally does not function at all even after pushing defrost button that turn yellow ! but does not work at all. That was how power Honda tested my about!!!! I called back power Honda about this issue that they asked me to bring back for retest and I did bring it back for two more time but its test came back the same like it was before. That was Oct 25, 2012, I brought my car to different dealer that was Honda world but it came out its test with same result as power Honda.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

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