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

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 (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

May 042012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8 miles


Driver and front passenger seats are extremely uncomfortable and cause leg, hip, and neck pain if driven for over 15 minutes. Have owned 8 different Honda over the past 15 years and never had this problem with Odyssey, Accord, and civics. Very poor and awkward seat design.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 082012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Just started leasing a 2012 Accord SE a week ago. Driver seat is very uncomfortable, when I drove the car initially, I did not feel it because it was only for 5-7 minutes or so, but obviously after 30 minutes or so, one can feel the back and neck pain. I tried to adjust the seat in many ways, but did not find a position for driving the car comfortably.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #18

Apr 272012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I just bought this car two weeks ago. The first time I noticed the issue was on a long drive, 5+/- hours with the car. At the end of the drive, my lower back was on fire and I had a hard time moving around for the rest of that weekend. Then the drive home was worse, because my back already was hurting. These seats are awful! I took the car right back to the dealer and told them about the issue, I was told they really couldn't do anything about it and there is nothing wrong with the seat (it wasn't broken). I then call Honda care, explained my issue and was given a case number (N012012-4-3002271). That case ending in Honda usa basically telling me to pound sand! I said that I was not the only person with these issues, just go and google it. These issues have been going on for quite a while. The Honda rep "caroline" to me Honda was un-aware of any issues like this and further told me, they don't pay attention to web postings. Bottom line is this... I have a brand new car. The front seats (driver and passenger) are causing extreme back pain and numbness in my legs. Honda is knowingly or un-knowingly ignoring this issue. I'm not the only one with these issues and I'm just looking for help to resolve this. I have tried the dealer and the manufacture themselves without satisfaction.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #17

Apr 302012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15 miles


The driver seats causes your right leg to go numb and your neck to become so stiff you cannot safely check blind spots.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 282012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
Front seats are uncomfortable and cause neck and back pain on any drive >30 minutes. Pain lasts for hours.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #15

Apr 102012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2012 Honda Accord LX base. Drivers side seat just slightly above the lumbar support is hurting my back. Adjusting the seat or adding some padding does not help. Extreme discomfort after 25 minutes of driving time. Very poor seat design. Very disappointed in Honda. I'm forced to sell my Accord at a loss as I cannot tolerate the pain.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #14

Mar 022012

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that after driving in the vehicle for a few minutes the front driver's seat became very uncomfortable. The contact suffered pain to his back due to the seat. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance to the contact. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 2,500. Updated 5/16/12 the consumer stated the lumbar support fully retracted into the seat, which hurt his back after driving for a short period of time. The consumer stated he has to use a pillow in order to drive. Updated 05/23/12

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #13

Nov 152011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The most uncomfortable seats!!! can't even drive the car. After 5-10 minutes I get severe back pain and on longer trips my legs go numb. Please help.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 132012


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the seat was causing him severe back pain when driving the vehicle for more than 15 minutes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that they could not alter the vehicle design. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 200. Updated 05/24/12

- Cranston , RI, USA

problem #11

Apr 022012

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
The drivers seat is so uncomfortable that I can't drive it more than a half an hour. The lumbar support is pushing on my back and causing me pain even long after I 'm done driving the car. I could not help but noticing a long list of people with the same issues on the internet. I need some help with answers cause I can not drive this car.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 450 miles


Myself and my husband have driven this car for less than one week and we both already have back and neck pain from the poorly designed driver and passenger front seats. We commute one hour each direction to work every day and after the first day or driving one way we were both in pain. We have tried every possible combination position of the seats with and without lumbar support and no matter what, they are beyond uncomfortable. We dread having to even get in the car and cannot believe that Honda has yet to acknowledge a problem that is very obvious to so many people. Not only is the back of the seat an issue but the head rest location results in neck pain as well. We had a Toyota Camry and I am very unhappy that we didn't say with the Toyota family as their cars are much more comfortable and reliable. Hopefully Honda will address this serious issue and retain their customers.

- Winchendon, MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 162012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
We bought new 2012 Honda Accord limited edition in Feb. 2012 and I am so disappointed in the comfort of the seats! the seats are causing severe back pain and leg pain. I cannot afford to trade it back in but feel that Honda needs to offer different seats/head rests. The head rest forces you head too far forward and causes severe neck pain as well. After driving for about 25 min I even develop leg pain. I fear driving this car for a long distance/long time may cause permanent damage to neck, back, and legs.... I hope Honda will recall these seats and replace them with ones that don't cause pain!

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #8

Mar 142012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 300 miles
The drivers side seat is unbearably uncomfortable and causing severe back pain after just a few hundred miles of driving. I fear this is causing serious physical damage to my back and putting my health at risk. I feel a recall is in order to fix this problem. This is also going to be a severe financial burden if I have to pay for medical treatment and or replace the car. I tried using an after market seat cushion but this did not help.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 172012


  • 1,000 miles
Driver car seat as well as front passenger seat are painfully uncomfortable. After driving the car for about 3 weeks I noticed severe neck and shoulder pain. No seat adjustment could alter this, I have become unable to drive the car without severe pain. After researching this further online(even on this website for 2011) there has been a number of similar complaints. I know there are always complaints about car seats because drivers are all so different, however the Honda Accord has by far the most complaints many of any other car.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #6

Nov 282011


  • miles
This is the first car I've had with uncomfortable seats.. I only drive 15 minutes to work.. but its like I've been in the seat for all day... back pain, must adjust my seating position constantly... want Honda to fix this seat problem..

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #5

Nov 252011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 74 miles
Seats cause back and leg pain very uncomfortable, to the point of distraction. This is from the date of purchase 11-25-2011.

- Memphis Tn, TN, USA

problem #4

Nov 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Have had to block seat restraint from working digs into back causing constant movement while trying to drive causing to not paying attention to road ahead. Honda says they cannot make adjustments to seat to allow to drive with seat restraint active.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 232011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I just bought a 2012 Accord SE and the driver's seat is beyond uncomfortable--it's causing both back pain and numbness down my right leg. I don't have any back problems and fear it will cause some serious problems. I've put 400 miles on this car. I hate to be in this position but I'm leaning toward trading it in at a several thousand dollar financial loss, thinking the hit is better than ruining a healthy back. When I called Honda to ask if there was any solution, the customer service person said the seat meets government safety standards and Honda has no plans to do anything further. Very disappointing! I wish I had read all of the complaints posted online about the seat before I purchased the car. Apparently, it has been going on for several years.

- Cincinnnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Cannot drive vehicle more then 10 miles without extreme back pains.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 212011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
The driver's seat is so uncomfortable that I feel it is a safety concern. Driver fatigue and distraction. The seating material is too hard, the lumbar is too prominent and misplaced (too high) because the bottom seat cushion is too low in the back, and can't be adjusted upward. The head rest is so far forward as to not allow any head movement. Only very short trips can be made in this automobile. Longer trips are not advisable.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

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