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:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,089 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.

2012 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 082016


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Juliette, GA, USA

problem #16

Apr 272016


  • 42,053 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 25 mph and making a left turn, the contact rear ended the preceding vehicle. The front bumper fractured and detached, and the radiator frame underneath the vehicle and the hood of the vehicle were damaged. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact was able to drive the vehicle. The contact received shoulder and arm injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,053.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #15

Feb 172016


  • 77,840 miles
Three days ago, my airbag light showed up on my car's dashboard, although it went off after switching the ignition off when I reached my destination. It should up again the evening of the next day. This concern me. Has there been a possible oversight on the recall of airbags on my car.

- Juliette, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 032015


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger side seat air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 012015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. While driving 35 mph, the air bags failed to deploy after the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. A police report was not filed and the contact sustained unknown injuries that did not require medical assistance. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 12V030000 (air bags); however, the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #12

May 152015


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving with the front passenger side seat being occupied, when the passenger moved, the side passenger air bag off warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the passenger side air bag sensor failed. The dealer did not offer any remedy and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 012015


  • miles


2012 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to airbag did not deploy during accident...updated 10/27/15

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #10

May 042015


  • miles
Recently my air bag indicator started coming on and staying on at random intervals in my 2012 Honda Accord. Today (May 11, 2015) I took the vehicle to the dealership for an oil change and had them check the matter. The customer service representative said the "air bag switch is failing" and recommended that it be replaced. The cost of replacement is $205 plus tax. Prior to going to the dealership, I researched the matter to determine if there was a recall related to the air bags, and I found that there was a recall. I made the customer service representative aware of this. The customer service representative said the recall would not apply to my situation because my problem is related to the "air bag switch." It would seem that because this is an interrelated and integrated system, the recall would apply. If the "switch" is not working properly, this could be the reason the air bags do not deploy properly. I never received a notice about a recall. I purchased the car in October 2011, but the car is a 2012 Accord. The three-year warranty has expired, but the vehicle only has 32,852 miles as of today's service. Is this "failing switch" covered by the recall" should I have received a notification about the air bag recall? do I have any recourse"

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #9

Nov 142014


  • 41,888 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The frontal driver and passenger side air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the chest, both knees, right shoulder, and a herniated disc that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. The approximate failure mileage was 41,888.

- Newtonville, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 122015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 57,940 miles
Our 2012 4 door/V6 Honda Accord was involved in a crash. A mack truck hit our car from behind at an estimated speed of 50. We hit the car in front of us at an estimated speed of 20. The vehicle was considered totaled with an estimate of $22000-$25000 in damages. The front airbags never deployed. In my research, 2012 Honda's had a recall regarding side airbags not deploying ( I am concerned there might be an issue with the front airbags as well. I reported the issue to american Honda as a safety concerns for other Honda owners. Honda documented all the information regarding the crash then instructed me to have a private individual inspect vehicle to determine if there was a malfunction with the airbags. If so, then they want us to submit the issue in writing.

- Ponte Vedra, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 022014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


During the accident the other car ran the red light and crashed into my car on the driver side, the impact was at speed of almost 25-30mph. Sideairbags are failed to open in my car. I tried to report to Honda about the accident because the 2012 models are under recall for defected airbags. But Honda tried to ignore my request.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 032014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
I was merging onto the highway when my airbag went of out of no where and scared me where I started I was completely scared and went to Honda and reported it. They denied everything, so up to now my car isn't fixed and there not going to fix it at all.

- Mount Vernon , NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 062013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The first time my car stalled I was in the high way in the middle lane and my car stopped working, all the light came on and my radio turned off and my clock reset it self. The second time it was the same day while I was exiting on the highway, in addition I put press the accelerate it would not response. In addition when I would press the brakes the music would go down at times. I took it to Honda they did not find anything wrong with the car, when the car was return to me I found someone ez-pass and a cup of soda in the car. The car stall N my once again I turning from a stop sign. I called the Honda dealership to have it checked once again, and the responded that they was all booked up please call back. On 06/03/13 my car stalled and the wheel became hard, the brake became hard and none responses, my car continue to rolled and I crash with a school bus. I had to go to the emergency room due to a neck stain. I have been in connect with Honda but after a week of very little cooperation they state it is up to the insurance company to see fault and only then will they get involved. I also informed them that my air bags did not deploy.

- Teaneck , NJ, 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

Jan 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Van in front of me stopped short in front of me. I was in 2012 Honda Accord. The front end of Honda Accord is heavily damaged and required towing from the scene due to damage. I had my seat belt on however, my face impacted the steering wheel causing facial damage including facial damage. The driver side air bag did not deploy.

- Mount Hermon, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 082012


  • 7,000 miles
I was driving down market street in youngstown when I was almost obstructed by another vehicle, I swerved and was struck by another vehicle my air bags did not deploy at 40mph and she was going 25mph. There was a recall on the side air bags, my back and neck hurt as well as my passenger. American Honda said there were not defects...

- Sharon, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,100 miles
A driver pulled out infront of me into oncoming traffic and in a head on collision the driver air bag failed to deploy.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

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