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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,769 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 steering problems

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jun 272012


  • 4,400 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel began to shake and pull to the right abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the wheels needed to be balanced and aligned. After the dealer balanced the tires and performed a wheel alignment, the steering wheel continued to shake and pull to the right. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer where the dealer then stated that the vehicle was designed to shake when driving at higher speeds. The manufacturer was contacted and a regional manager also stated that the vehicle was designed to shake when driving at higher speeds and that servicing the vehicle was unnecessary. The contact later took the vehicle to an authorized dealer for another diagnostic test in which the contact was advised that the tires were out of balance. The failure mileage was 4,400.

- Muscle Shoals, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 312012


  • 30 miles
Brand new Honda Accord coupe 2012 ex-L with steering wheel vibration noticed on the interstate while driving home at the speed of 60+.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #5

Aug 062012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 3,276 miles
I noticed noise, wheel vibrations and steering problems. The Honda service department said that I had a bad wheel bearing on the left side and replaced it. After I received the car back from the shop, I noticed the car was pulling to the left, wheel vibrations, loose steering wheel and making noise. The car did not shift between gears properly and fluctuated between rpms randomly (even when at idle). I took it back to the Honda service department. This time they reset the computer in the car and performed idle relearn procedure; adjusted the toe on all four wheels. They also found that the rear rotors were out of round and "machine rear brake rotors" but reused the brake pads. I do not feel safe in this vehicle. I have scheduled another service appointment for 8/28. However, I am still having the idle RPM, shifting problems, wheel vibration issues, steering problems, noise issues as well as several other problems. This manufacture should be forced to issue a recall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 122012

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,394 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel vibrated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who balanced the tires and resurfaced the brake rotors. The failure recurred also when attempting to brake. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and stated that the vibrations were a normal characteristic of the 2012 model Accord. The current mileage was 11,895. The failure mileage was 10,394. Updated 09/26/12 the consumer stated the VIN on the vehicle is not the same as the VIN on the signed lease agreement. Updated 09/27/2012

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jul 052012

Accord 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed shaking in the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician balanced the front tires but the failure continued. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer three more times. The technician balanced all four tires and replaced the front driver's tire. The last time the vehicle was taken in the technician stated that he would replace all four tires. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35. Updated 09/21/12 updated 09/27/2012

- North Kingsville, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 739 miles
I have purchased a new 2012 Honda Accord SE model with VIN [xxx] on January 19th 2012. I purchased my vehicle from riverside Honda through foothill federal credit union. Ever since, I have been experiencing nothing but nightmares. I have followed the recommended manufacturer's break in period format step by step. Three days after the purchased, I drove the vehicle on the fwy and noticed a weir, uncommon and rather disturbing shimmy on the steering wheel between 65 to 75 mph. My vehicle is unsafe and unfit to be driven on freeways. I needed your help desperately to prevent a catastrophic event. The safety of my family, community and public are at risk. I have acted and proceeded as indicated. I have brought this shimmy issue to the Honda dealers. I have brought this shimmy issue to american Honda. I have driven the vehicle with a Honda adviser and a field rep. In both cases, the shimmy has being identified, noticed and established. Yet, noting has been done to correct the problem. An identical vehicle was driven with the american Honda filed rep. No shimmy was identified, proving Honda wrong. The american Honda field rep that test drove my vehicle stated that he was going to help me. He stated that sometimes cars have been found to have the wrong tires installed. He was to check for recalls, bulletins and what the engineers from Honda will advise him on my case. He offered to care of the paper work. I trusted him. He was going to send me a copy of what we have discussed together. The field rep made one statement verbally to me and wrote a totally different scenario on the paperwork. I have being lied to, mislead, and deceived as a consumer and as a human being. I am asking in the most humble way for assistance. American Honda must take responsibilities for the defective vehicle they have built. It is their duty and social responsibility. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Altadena, CA, USA

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