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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,241 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.

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

May 132014


  • 24,500 miles


I took my 2012 Honda Accord vehicle to be serviced at a local dealership. The vehicle is a leased vehicle with 10 months left on the lease and is still under the 36,000 mile warranty. The dealership told me my ac condenser was broken and it was $710 to fix and is not covered by warranty. They said it wasn't covered because a rock flew up and hit the condenser, which does not make it covered under warranty. I feel as though this is a design/manufacture and fundamental flaw in the vehicle as if I get this fixed, it could very well happen again tomorrow with where the condenser is and has limited protection from the road and debris flying into it. I feel as if this should be covered under warranty and feel that there should be verbiage in the contract when I bought this car that there is significant chance this situation could happen. Minimally, there should be a small protective shield to protect the condenser from this happening. As a consumer, I don't feel my rights are protected and feel that Honda should take responsibility to F ix the car. After a considerable amount of research I have found out that there have been a lot of similar cases throughout the United States. I was hoping to have the us dot look into this further for perhaps a recall or a put a notice out for consumers.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jul 102012


  • 10,123 miles
I am into my first year of leasing this new vehicle. I have brought it to the dealer for repairs 3 times. It has been confirmed by the dealer/shop that the vehicle has a "definite shimmy" shaking of steering wheel at highway speed. ( 60-65 ). they have done all the necessary steps to repair this problem and nothing has worked. I have called Honda mfg and filed a report as well. I was told by the mfg, they would look into this problem. I was also told by a Honda rep. That it may be a "characteristic" of some Accord. I feel as a consumer this would be unsafe to drive. I don not feel safe driving this vehicle. Also, the A/C has been worked on 3 times as well, and still not working properly. Why can't the dealer authorize a replacement when it has been confirmed" why would the dealer even let me leave lot knowing it has a definite problem? shouldn't safety come first for all"

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #3

May 062012


  • 650 miles


Stopped for gas engine keep running at high level of rpms with foot on the brakes stopped the car by shifting to neutral and turning engine off this was the second time it happen in one day. In my other complain regarding Honda I said April instead of May.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082012


  • 601 miles
Car was stopped engine keep running foot was on the brakes.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 052011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 970 miles
Incident date: 12/05/2011, 5:45pm weather/road condition: Good, no rain/snow, normal traffic pattern summary: Accord 2012 LX had a sudden engine rev for about a couple of seconds and went back to normal without driver intervention. Minor gas pedal vibration noticed for first 500 miles during break-in. Details: I was driving Accord 2012 LX on a local main street at about 20 to 25 mph, entering a normal small slope. I suddenly heard louder engine noise, and noticed tachometer going up from below 2K to 3K RPM quickly. At the same time, I felt gas pedal was moving away from my right foot. Eventually the gas pedal came back and tachometer reading went back to normal as well. This lasted for a couple of seconds. I did not move my right foot away from gas pedal and did not intervene while this was happening. Since this sudden engine rev went away in a couple of seconds by itself, I didn't feel that the Accord accelerated a lot during the period. During first 500 miles on the Accord, I also felt minor gas pedal vibration frequently on roads that are not perfectly paved and have some minor bumps. I have never noticed any such gas pedal vibration on other cars when driving down on the same roads. The vibration became less pronounced after 500 miles, and I didn't notice it lately. I am not sure if there is any relationship between initial gas pedal vibration during break-in and recent engine rev incident. I am concerned about highway safety of the car.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

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