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

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2012 Honda Accord steering problems

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Dec 162016


  • 64,000 miles


Made an appointment for electric power steering torque sensor recall at schamburg Honda, schamburg ill for which I waited one hour in line and never got into service area. Dealer appears to purposely not want to make mandated repair.,

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #26

Nov 082016


  • miles
31,000 miles rack & pinion is leaking according to the dealer. With this low mileage and year of the car its a safety issue. Looks like a manufacturing defect.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #25

Oct 272016

Accord 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I noticed my steering was getting hard to turn around 42K miles. After changed new tires and done wheel balance and alignment, the same continued and felt the pain in my hands every time. I requested to check the power steering fluid level and the Honda service technician said that no issues. As time continued the steering problem got worst. While driving the steering was not good, its hard to simple turn also my wife also observed the same and told me that manual power while getting out of parking spaces, or when having to turn while vehicle was stopped. I explained the problem to my local Honda service technician during the oil change and he has told me that it need to be replaced and little bit dirty and it should go away after a while. It is same and no progress, it got worst! asking the dealership for cost relief from Honda for repair and don't know how much it's going to cost though.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #24

Oct 062016


  • 41,000 miles


41000 miles power steering leaking, front wheel bearing needs replacing. Need to replace entire steering rack to tune of 1700 dollars. Steering leaking since 25000 miles. Honda should recall. Numerous complaints involving steering problems. Caveat emptor!

- Jamestown, RI, USA

problem #23

Aug 222016


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

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 012016


  • 36,000 miles
I have the Honda Accord SE 2012. Last time I took it for a oil change and where they also perform a check in Honda austin, Texas when it was only 36 K miles done. They notified power steering fluid is leaking but it is good to go. Nothing major. I have observed the steering has become very hard recently and makes a lot of noise while at low speed. I took it for service in germain Honda on sawmill road in columbus. They inspected and told me it will cost me 1700 bucks. When I told them that this is a manufacturing defect and I have seen a lot of complains on the web for the same. They still denied it. A 2012 model vehilce without any accident if it needs 2000 dollar servicing and part change it is very harsh. I have never imagined Honda Accord can give you such problems. I will try to reach out to Honda incase they want to replace the part.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 102015


  • 45,000 miles


Power steering rack is leaking. Need to replace power steering rack. This is my second repair. I currently have 55,000 miles on what was a brand-new 2012 Honda Accord coupe. Power steering rack is leaking. Need to replace power steering rack. This is my second repair. I currently have 55,000 miles on what was a brand-new 2012 Honda Accord coupe. I first noticed the problem 10 months ago and had it repaired. That did not solve the problem. Because it is a very slow leak I am estimating the problem existed well before I discovered it. I am confident I got a bad power steering rack from the manufacturer. Hey experienced whining sounds going around turns especially roundabouts. I'm convinced this is a faulty parts because Honda power steering rack steve not go bad at 45 to 50,000 miles. Hondas corporate customer response about the situation has been lackluster to say the least. Dealer is better to deal with. This is the fifth Honda I have owned or driven via a family member. This is not a wear and tear problem this is a manufacturing safety problem.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Feb 202015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
I have vibration on steering wheel beyond speed of 60mph. The thread depth on the front tires is 9.5/10 on both the sides. The thread depth on rear tires is 5 on both the sides. At the dealership I was told that there are flat spots on the tire. It was worked upon for wheel balancing. However the vibration exists. Is such a vehicle safe to drive with a child" how safe is the vehicle situation? does Honda american know about the problem" I did some search and reading on the internet for the defined problem, model year and components. It is noted that there are others as well with same issue which has resulted into uncomfortable and potentially life threatening driving conditions. I don't think dealership should be responsible.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #19

Mar 012013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I noticed my steering was getting hard to turn. I checked the power steering fluid and it was low. I added fluid. As time continued the steering problem got worst. While driving the steering was good, but I had to use manual power while getting out of parking spaces, or when having to turn while vehicle was stopped.I explained the problem to my local Honda service technician and he told me I added too much fluid and it should go away after a while. It got worst and I took it back after a few months. He then told me that the fluid went down to the cv boot and the steering rack; the quoted cost for repair was $1350. By this time my car was out of warranty. After asking the new dealership for cost relief from Honda, they reduced the cost to $500, and I finally got the steering problem repaired on 08/11/14.

- Waldorf , MD, USA

problem #18

Jun 252014


  • 31,333 miles
My complaint is about safety negligence, on the corporate site for Honda and I quote states "your safety is our priority?. I took my car to get checked for a knocking noise and was told ball joints recommended to be replaced. I asked if it was safe to drive and was told yes by service advisor. After being charge for apparently tighten rods. Apparently the certified technicians neglect safety of the customer and also have attitudes towards customers was told this when brought car in and I quote ?so you know more than the Honda engineers". the front left wheel of my car came off (where the noise was coming from) after taking it to the dealer and being charged for tighten rods. Now dealer is blaming me for the wheel coming of when I was told that the car was safe to drive. My complaint resolution should be Honda techs/dealer should be held liable for their safety neglect and should repair the damages that have cost me to my vehicle which I have work hard for.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 282013


  • 32,500 miles


When cruising on the highway, the steering wheel develops a vibration. Also, when the car is idle, it vibrates almost like a cylinder is missing a spark. Only have 34000 miles on this car and its giving me these issues that they say "can't be fixed".

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 102013

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
I took my Honda in for a scheduled oil change and tire rotation at the local Honda dealership. I told him about a winding noise in my front end and a strange substance on my tire rims. After having the car a few hours they called me stating that my power steering rack was completely gone in me car and that it would have to be replaced. My car has 10,992 miles on it. I can only imagine what would have happened if I was highway driving at 70 miles an hour.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #15

Oct 282012


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the steering wheel began to shake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the driver's side tire would need to be replaced and the rest of the tires would need to be rotated. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the dealer three times but the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 5,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #14

Dec 052012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
About 2000 miles after buying the car I noticed a shake in the steering wheel. We took it too the dealership for a rotate and balance. When we got it back I still felt the shake. We took it back again and they balanced them again (so they say) and still has a shake. I am a mechanic and have been for 12 years, so I took it to the shop and balanced them myself, and it still has a shake. It seems to happen between 60 and 75.

- Madison , MS, USA

problem #13

Sep 232012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20 miles
From day of purchase brand new, vehicle vibrates (shimmies) at speeds beginning at about 58 mph and upward. The vibration is felt in the steering wheel, and the wheel can be seen visibly vibrating. Passenger can sense the vibration from sitting in the passenger seat. After four attempts to correct the problem, dealer has failed. The dealer performed a wheel balance and replaced the tires. However, the problem continued. Honda acknowledged the vibration existed, but returned the vehicle to the consumer. According to engineer from Honda, a radial force balance was performed on the vehicle and an index of all four tires was done, as well as fine tuned the balance and wheel alignment and adjusted the steering rack pre-load. The engineer stated the vehicle had improved by 90%, as the vibration no longer existed; only road feel. The consumer stated the vibration, is still present and even worse than before. Updated 04/01/13

- New Providence, NJ, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Sep 142012


  • 90 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, the steering wheel began to shake violently. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 90 and the current mileage was 1400.

- Johnstown, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 172012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 7,536 miles
I purchased a 2012 Honda Accord V6 ex-L in Dec. 2011. I noticed a steering shimmy/vibration and an escalating grinding noise in August 2012. I originally test drove this vehicle thoroughly when I purchased it and never noticed this problem until August 2012. The Honda dealership technician isolated the noise to a failed left front wheel bearing. They replaced the bearing and grinding noise has gone away but continue to have shimmy/vibration at 55 -75 mph and is most noticeable/amplified between 60 - 70 mph. Since then I have taken the vehicle back and Honda technician verified that the tires were balanced correctly. I test drove the vehicle with the technician and he confirmed that there is a vibration/ shimmy of the steering wheel. The Honda dealer technician than drove another vehicle in their lot that was the same year, make and model with 500 miles on it and it did the same thing. He said it could be the road. I said not every road or highway where speed limits are above 55 mph will do this to a vehicle. He said that if more complaints are filed their may be a recall but there was nothing else he could do at this point and if he heard anything in regards to a recall he would let me know. The technician looked at my rims for any curb damage which there is none and I informed him that I haven't hit any curbs. I was going to go back to the Honda dealership to complain about this constant problem but thought I would research on-line to see if there is any other 2012 Honda Accord owners having this problems and there is so I see no needed to make and waited trip to Honda dealership. Since I drive 60 miles round trip to work five days a week this is getting to be very irritating and now the lower part of my arms have developed tingling/numbness sensation after driving for these long periods of times.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 312012


  • 120 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph the contact noticed a shimmy in the steering wheel and vibration throughout the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing three different times. The technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The technicians balanced the tires and replaced the tires but the failure continued. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120.

- Jupitar , FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 192012


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph the steering wheel started to shake and vibrated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on multiple occasions where the dealer decided to aligned, balance and finally replaced all four tires. The remedy failed to repaired the problem every single time they attempted to repaired it. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

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