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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,629 miles

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2012 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 012012


  • 500 miles


When transitioning from braking back to accelerating there is sometimes a significant lag in the car responding which makes it very dangerous when making a left turn across oncoming traffic. The lag is inconsistent sometimes not at all and sometimes it seems like a few seconds. I believe Honda has a problem in the software that controls the response time from braking to accelerating. The car is usually slowing to a very slow speed or stopping and then immediately accelerating. This happens once or twice per week, since I have owned the car from new, but the Honda dealership won't recognize the problem and won't try to fix it.

- Montgomery, OH, USA

problem #21

Aug 222016


  • 15,555 miles
Steering wheel shake or virate when on breake at high way speed 15555 miles only...

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 302016


  • 21,106 miles
Front drive shaft oil seal was leaking brake fluid. It was spraying brake fluid underneath my drivers door when I applied the brakes. Seal was replaced under warranty by the Honda dealer.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #19

Mar 042016


  • 24,000 miles


Noticed a shudder in steering wheel when braking. Dealer had to repair brake rotors -- car only has 24000 miles.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #18

Nov 142015


  • 73,000 miles
Frozen driver side rear caliper.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #17

Nov 042015


  • 70,000 miles
I'm on my 4th set of rear brakes at 70K miles. The front are original. And this week, my driver rear wheel was very hot to the point of a very strong odor. Mechanic tore rear brakes parts apart and found nothing wrong.

- Hampton, NH, USA

problem #16

Sep 102015


  • 24,000 miles


The 2012 Honda Accord LX has 24000 miles on it. And the right front pads completely wore out. All others pads on car was ok. I replaced front rotors and pads on front. Makes a noise now when brakes are applied. Rotors and pads normally last 60000 miles. What is up with the 2012 Accord. Any recalls on the brake system?

- Catlettsburg, KY, USA

problem #15

Jun 092015


  • 15,000 miles
I have Honda Accord 2012. At millage 15 K dealership informed me I need to replace rear tire break pad. Honda didn't accept any defect part or break system. I replaced pads by my own money. Now at millage 44K I am informed by dealership that my front and rear tire pads need to be replaced. It is clear to me something is wrong with break system and could cause safety issue in future. Please follow up with car manufacturer to fix the break system. Thanks, sassan soltani

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 162015


  • 44,050 miles
Mother-in-law needed to replace a 1996 Honda. She test drove a 2012 Honda Accord LX. Noticed a shimmy in steering wheel when brakes are applied. I also drove it but didn't immediately notice it. She purchased it, even with the "shimmy". I later noticed it when driving alone. It's barely noticeable and there is no accompanying noise. A google search showed some Honda of the time have warped rotors that may cause shimmies and, later, tie-rod damage, which happened to her '96 one. For now, I've not mentioned it, just to see how she likes the '12 otherwise. The car was perfect in other respects, and is still under warranty.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 142014


  • miles
On the front of the car, I hear a siren when I press the brakes and it is really annoying that it gives me a headaches.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #12

May 082014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 23,844 miles


While applying brakes, the engine revved up and car started to accelerate - I had to move transmission into "neutral" to stop vehicle. It was inspected the following day by a Honda dealer and they said that the car was functioning normally. It has happened 3 times since it was inspected by a 2nd dealer, the latest time was March 7th, 2015.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #11

Aug 292014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
After 18 mos of leasing the vehicle I needed to replace the complete brake system ($444). There must be a defect to have to replace it after only 18 mos.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 152010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The brake has failed four times starting at about 22 month old. When the brake pedal was pressed down, the wheels kept running. First time, I was exiting from highway. The road was slightly slippery. The brake worked fine initially but stopped working in the middle of the curve. The car zigzagged for three times before reaching the straight road. The second time was on December 14, 2012 after snowing for about 20 minutes. As I was switching to the left turn lane, the traffic light turned yellow, the brake worked initially so I was able to slow down. However, as I was approaching the car in front of me, the brake failed again and the car continue to cruise forward even though I was applying the brakes firmly. At the end, I had to turn the car towards curb on my left side and the impact of hitting the curb finally stopped the car. I took my car back to the dealer for repairs on the same day. The dealer checked the bake and didn't find any problem. The problem occurred again twice in the morning of February 26, 2014 when my husband was driving my son to middle school on slippery road. The first time, there was a slight turn to the left and a small downward slope, and applying the brakes could not stop the car even though the car was moving at around 10 mph. The second time was near an elementary school. When he wanted to stop at a stop sign, on a straight road without an incline, the car pulsated (assuming ABS started) but did not stop and did not even slow down. I took the car back to the dealer again. However, they were not able to identify and fix the problem.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 032014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 21,457 miles
I began to hear an intermittent scraping, rubbing noise in the back of the car. I took it in to the dealer where I bought the car and they told me I needed rear brake pads only and the front brakes were fine, no problem. soon after, I had necessity to brake suddenly on the freeway and I discovered that the front end shook violently when braking at 55-60 mph! I felt a dread to tell the dealer due to previous issues with them. I finally took it back and was told that now the front brakes were warped and needed the ¿¿rotors turned! at a cost of $300+ to me. I complained that this car is still under extended warranty and did not have enough mileage for such drastic measures of turning the rotors. I received a vague estimate which offered to repair at no charge to customer. Why can't Honda replace these rotors and not just turn them" I am still paying for this car and certainly never anticipated such a mess as this when it is still new! is there some problem with these rotors as yet undisclosed by Honda" I did months of research and test driving and looking for my first brand new car. I expect more from Honda and this is very disappointing! honestly, I thought I would have this car for many years to come and now I find myself wondering why I bought a new car in the first place. This is not a good start! please provide some answers for me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- El Cajon,, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 252013


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while having the vehicle inspected, the mechanic stated that the brakes and rotors needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Bedford , OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 052013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 25,284 miles
Rotor malfunction premature. The vehicle only has 25K miles on it, and the brakes are still good.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 9,405 miles
We have a 2012 Honda Accord with a loud clicking noise in the front brakes when you change directions, we have had it in the dealer 3 times and have been told by them that there is nothing else that can be done that it was brake pad shift and it is normal for that year Accord, I am concerned for my family's safety as my wife drives in it with my stepdaughters and my young grandchildren, I'm concerned that the constant movement will wear down the metal and cause a brake failure.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 032013


  • miles
Pulled into a vertical parking space, applied brakes and the car accelerated hitting a tree and causing front end damage. Fifteen minutes previous to this accident, while stopped at a red light in drive & with the foot on the brake pedal, I noticed the engine revving as though one was stepping on the accelerator. Found this weird but did not think anything of it until after the accident.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 082013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 3,687 miles
As I was braking while approaching an angled parking space the car would not stop. The car accelerated, crossed the sidewalk and hit a concrete building. The air bags were deployed. The insurance adjustor declared the car totaled.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 600 miles
Since I purchased this car, the engine vibrates, power steering makes noise (and the pump was replaced by dealer), now it also vibrates when riding (wheel) and brakes make a "clamping" noise that Honda assures me is normal. At 7K miles, the brakes were "adjusted". the car is now 14.5K miles and still vibrates in idle and when riding. I have filed a lemon law claim with the state of Florida already, though Honda is working on proving I am wrong. Do I just get rid of the car" is this car safe" lemon law arbitration case #[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

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