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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,797 miles

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Nov 202012


  • 15,012 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the driver's side seat and head rest were very uncomfortable, causing her to sustain back pain and headaches. The dealer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered to file a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 15,012.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #39

Aug 062012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
I have been seeing my doctor since August 2012 for acute lower back pain which has now become chronic. This came upon all of a sudden and my doctor nor me don't know the cause. I stumbled across the car stats website and couldn't believe all the complaints about the front seats and the back pain associated by others. Now, the mystery is over! my chronic low back pain is probably caused by my 2012 Accord. I am 42 years old and have never had back problems before. Something must be done!!! I have been a proud owner of a Honda Accord since 1991 but this is my last one unless Honda can fix this problem. For all you back pain Accord drivers, contact me and lets get Honda's attention. Would love to hear from fellow drivers with the same problem! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Riner, VA, USA

problem #38

Oct 162012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The front seats in the 2012 Honda Accord are so bad the owners are altering the seats and compromising the built in safety design. The seats in this car can physically hurt your back mine goes numb after a 30 min ride. Honda of America needs to put on notice the seats in this car are now a safety issue. I did contact Honda they did not deny the seat problem but offered no solutions other than trade in the 2012 Accord for the 2013 with the new seat design.

- New Hartford, CT, USA

problem #37

Oct 032012


  • 42 miles


The front seat design on the Honda Accord is terrible. It causes lower back pain and pushes your head forward. Due to the uncomfortable seat design your Focus moves from being on the road to trying to alleviate pain or get comfortable and in turn reduces Focus on the road and increases risk of having an accident. This seat issue is widely reported at

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #36

Sep 272012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Purchased a new 2012 Accord in June and have been very happy with it with one very big exception; the drivers seat has a definite design flaw. The seat is basically impossible to adjust to a comfortable position and there is no doubt it does cause lower back pain. On any drive over 15 minutes, the seat has to be repeatedly re-adjusted to be able to continue driving with any semblance of comfort. From what I can see by researching complaints on the internet, the problem is caused by a safety device embedded in the seat back that activates in a rear end collision. This complaint has been reported by a large number of people and really should be looked into as it does pose a safety hazard as the need to constantly reposition the seat (and your body) in order to drive the car is fatiguing and a definite distraction to ones driving. Thought is might "break in" but after 3 months the problem still exists. Have owned many cars over the years and have never had this type of problem in any other vehicle I have owned or driven.

- Southampton , NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 212012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Uncomfortable seating caused a severe pain in the neck and lower parts of the neck and shoulders. Neither numerous seat adjustments nor cushions/supports did not help solve the problem. This happened when driving on the highway and loss of concentration occurred which was extremely dangerous and was forced to stop frequently to help ease the pain until we return back home safely. The pain still exists even 4 days after it actually started during the drive. Have reported this problem in one of the car complaints forum also.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 122011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 200 miles


Driver seat is very uncomfortable, it causing me severe back pain, I just purchased this car last month, I called Honda but unfortunately they have no solution.I hop some one can step up and solve this issue.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 152012


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the driver side head rest would move forward too far and was causing pain to the contact's neck when driving. Additionally, the seat caused pain to her back and was extremely uncomfortable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and recommended the adjustment of the seat. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #32

Sep 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
The seats in this car are junk and a safety hazard. After 20 minutes of driving they cause severe back, leg, and neck pain. I have repositioned the seat hundreds of times and still unbearable. Its has 600 miles on it and we are trading it in tomorrow at a loss of thousands. We have had the car 2 weeks.. thousands of complaints online about the same problem but american Honda said they haven't heard about it. Don't buy a Honda Accord unless you like looking at it because you can't drive it. Not a happy customer. Honda should refund our losses.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #31

Aug 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 600 miles
The front seats have bad design and are very uncomfortable for longer drive. Both my wife and I spend three hours a day commuting, and my wife developed a severe back pain after first week of driving. The only way to make this car semi drivable and avoid crippling permanent back damage is to remove lumbar plates from inside front seats. This is a well documented "solution" on the internet, and many Honda Accord owners resort to this drastic step compromising integrity of the seat. The front seats must be redesigned and replaced. This car must be retested for safety with the seat back rest support plates removed.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #30

Jul 272012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100 miles


The front seats are so uncomfortable you cant go over 15 miles without being in pain. Something has got to be wrong with the design on the lumbar support.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #29

Aug 112012


  • 93 miles
The driver's seat is incredibly uncomfortable to the point of not being able to sit still for more than a 20minute drive. This is a safety issue, and one that I've never had in my 2 current Honda vehicles. The lumbar support bar protrudes into your back not allowing you to sit properly into the seat and causing extreme discomfort after 20mins of casual driving.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #28

Aug 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Very uncomfortable front seats are causing back problems and driving discomfort.

- Southampton, PA, USA

problem #27

Aug 132012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Seats are very uncomfortable. Excessive pressure from the seats lumbar area. They cause back, leg and hip pain. This was not noticed on the 10 minute test drive. Becomes unbearable after 20 minutes of driving. The pain is distracting, constantly adjusting the seat looking for a position to easy the pain. Honda has been contacted and has not offered a solution.

- Dartmouth , MA, USA

problem #26

Aug 062012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
The front seats create increased lower back pressure that does not allow a proper driving position; you cannot drive comfortably for more than 30 minutes at a time.

- Waycross, GA, USA

problem #25

Jun 042012


  • miles
I purchased my Honda Accord 2012 SE model, 3 months back. During this time, I developed more back pain due to driver side seat and this seat is not giving any comfort and even lumbar support also not giving correct position, seating in driver side seat creating lot pain, back hurting requesting Honda to replace driver side seat with correct one as this creating medical problems.

- Swanzey, NH, USA

problem #24

Aug 312011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 250 miles
Nothing happened yet. The headrest is in such a bad position that it would no support my neck were there to be an accident. And the seats are so bad that I am developing back and hip problems.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #23

Jul 022012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
After driving off the lot with the 2012 Accord my wife and I noticed a "lump" in both the drivers and passenger seat. We had not noticed these lumps during our 15-20 minute test drive. By the time we got home, approximately 30 minutes, the lumps had become uncomfortable. The longer the drive the more uncomfortable the seats are. We have had the car just over a week and the lumps are still there (no settling in) and we have not acclimated to the seats. The lumps are above the adjustable lumbar support on the drivers side. Pulling forward on the headrest make the "lump" disappear. This leads me to believe the lump is associated with the active head restraint system.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 232012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 55 miles
I purchased a new Honda Accord less than 2 weeks ago. The seat doesn't seem to be bothering me at this point, but it is difficult to tell, as I have hip and knee issues I am working on. However, the headrest is extremely uncomfortable/painful. While driving on the freeway, I sit back, lean my head on the headrest and cruise. The new style of headrest is forcing my head too far forward, and is causing me neck and shoulder pain. There is no adjustment between the seat back and the headrest, so I cannot adjust this angle. If I lean too far back, causing a natural forward lean to my head, I cannot drive comfortably, as I must move the seat too far forward, and my arms are overextended. I cannot adjust to make long distance driving comfortable -- and I commute 60 miles, and over 1.5 hours, daily. My 1999 Honda Accord had no such problems. I am extremely disappointed with this situation, and the dealership is no help. My husband has back and neck problems (service-related), and he was ready to throw the passenger headrest out the window on our first freeway trip to our daughter's house -- only 12 miles down the freeway.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 112012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 75 miles
Bought a new Honda Accord SE and started to have back pain the first week of ownership. This is the absolute most uncomfortable seat and causes me back pain and neck pain. The design of the head rest pushes my head too far forward and causes neck and head aches; all of these problems are caused from the seat design! the seat does not support the upper back which causes more pain. I did not have any of these issues before this car. What good is a safe car if it causes pain? called Honda customer service and was given the run around. Honda will not admit they designed an uncomfortable seat. Make that the worst designed seat of any automobile I have ever experienced! this could be the worst seat design of all time! please recall this seat!

- Anoka, MN, USA

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