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2013 Honda Accord electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2013 Honda Accord (Page 4 of 10) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: The 2013-2014 Honda Accord is showing signs of an electrical problem with the starter failing soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. It's compounded by reports that the OEM battery doesn't have sufficient amps to start the V6 reliably after a year or two.

For now we are rating this problem with the "Beware" seal because it's occurring so soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. The upshot is when your Accord won't start, that's never good, but especially bad when it's just a few years old.

Also once again, owners are complaining that the 2013 Honda Accord seats are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable seats has been a significant complaint with the Accord since the 2008 model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,251 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #133

Oct 132017


  • 62,000 miles


Intermittent starting problems. Required new starter.

- Indian Land, SC, USA

problem #132

Oct 132017


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. While the contact's spouse was driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that aaa was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to Honda of concord (7650 bruton smith blvd, concord, nc 28027) where it was diagnosed that the battery and starter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V418000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Wadesboro, NC, USA

problem #131

May 192017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17V418000 (electrical system); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (mckenney-salinas Honda, 4295 wilkinson blvd, gastonia, nc 28056) where the battery box was sealed temporarily. After driving for a few hours, the contact parked the vehicle. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Dallas, NC, USA

problem #130

Sep 172016


  • 75,000 miles


Hesitation when moving forward. It bumps three to four times on low speeds.

- Mccalla, AL, USA

problem #129

Sep 152017


  • miles
American Honda motor co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year2013 Accord vehicles. In certain vehicles, the plastic caseof the battery sensor may have gaps that allow moisture to enter the sensor. If moisture containing conductive substances (such as road salt) enters the battery sensor, it could cause an electrical short and subsequently, a fire. Recall date: June 29, 2017. So far no action has been taken. Now fall season is about to happen. I am concerning about safety of my vehicle about electrical short circuit result in fire. I checked with Honda dealer last week. He said parts are not available to replace it.

- Lakemary, FL, USA

problem #128

Aug 262017


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the push to start feature failed without warning. In addition, the instrument panel lights illuminated normally; however, the vehicle failed to start. When the vehicle did start, it took approximately ten previous attempts. The vehicle would no longer start at all. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (Honda cars of katy, 210021 katy fwy, katy, tx 77450) where it was diagnosed that the starter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted directly; however, the contact wrote a letter to the CEO. The failure mileage was approximately 79,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #127

Sep 152017


  • 26,000 miles


Car caught fire starting in engine compartment. Was stopped at a stop light, in left turn lane, when smoke was first noticed. I got out of the car and fire progressed in a few minutes to where flames were coming out from under the hood. Local fire company extinguished the fire. Car appears to be a total loss. Safety recall NHTSA 17V-418 was only recently received and had not yet gotten the car to the dealer.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #126

Aug 242017


  • 169,000 miles
Recently had the recall for the battery sensor done on the vehicle. Next day the car has intermittent problems starting. Returned to dealer battery tests good alternator tests good. Was told needs new starter and that Honda is aware of starter problems this model. Vehicle will work fine one day starts fine then next day takes five to ten tries to start. Problem was induced only after bms sensor recal. Never had issue prior Honda tells me its not the sensor

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #125

Sep 102017


  • 54,000 miles
My 2013 Honda Accord has an automatic starter and the starter has not been working properly. The vehicle has just over 50K miles on it. When you press the automatic started the vehicle appears to power on but the starter is not working. Each time this happened, it would take 5-10 minutes before it actually starts.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #124

Sep 152016


  • 40,000 miles
For the past year the car has failed to start intermittently. The only way I've found to get it started is to use an external battery jump. Even then that also fails about a third of the time, though waiting some time enables the jump to work. The dealer says it is "probably" the starter and wants $1,000 to fix it. The problem began at about 40,000 miles and the starter should not fail at that age.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #123

May 132017


  • miles


Push button starting issues

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #122

Apr 102017


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was parked, the contact became aware of smoke coming from the front of the vehicle. The contact ran inside the home to fetch a fire extinguisher; however, upon returning to the vehicle, it was totally engulfed in flames. The fire department was contacted and was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an insurance lot. There were no injuries sustained, but there was property damage involved. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 06150747. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V418000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. The vehicle was destroyed. Updated 11/06/17

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #121

Aug 152017


  • miles
My car is 2013 Accord bought brand new from gardena Honda and no other mechanic touched it. Since 2013, I have serviced my car at the same location. My car was perfectly fine however, once I received the battery recall letter I decided to take my car into gardena Honda. Please note my car still has less than 30,000 miles on it. August 2017 I went to get my car checked for the battery recall they said everything was fine and that they applied konshi bond to protect bms. Two days later after work my car did not start (stationary). Check engine was on, check steering light on & traction light on plus low pressure on. I immediately felt unsafe to drive my car but had to take it back to Honda to see what they had done to it. Honda said it was not their fault and that now the problem had nothing to do with my battery. Instead, it was my engine wire harness. That needed to be fixed for a price of ~$2,800 but they could lower it to $669.15 + tax I just want to express how disappointed I am in Honda. I bought a Honda because they are supposed to be a reliable car. Back in March 2016 they told me by battery failed the battery test and decided to charge it. November 2016, they made me buy a new battery, at that time my car was still brand new with only 22,000 miles on it. I don┐T believe this is coincidence. I got a Honda for reliability reasons. I also know you are not supposed to service the car for the same issue 3 times and I shouldn┐T be concern of my 2013 Honda car that still has less than 30,000 miles of any electrical issues. I am concern of service fraud because I was charge to recharged and replace the battery. One time I was within warranty and the other was just a few months afterward. I am requesting a reimbursement of some manner; it can be monetary or free servicing my car.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #120

Aug 072017


  • 62,000 miles
Every time I try to start my car it won't start. I have to try maybe 4 or more times before it will start. This is very frustrating because this car is 3 years old. When I'm at work and go to start the car it stags. This is very disturbing. This probably happens everyday. Everything is on but it still takes many attempts to start. I contacted Honda about this problem and they said they have been getting many complaints but didn't offer a solution, said they would get back with me. Reading other complaints I think this need to be addressed.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #119

May 112016


  • 39,080 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer (coral springs Honda, located at 9400 w atlantic blvd coral springs, fl 33071) where it was diagnosed that the battery, clamp, and cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: 04760408. The failure mileage was 39,080.

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #118

Aug 162017


  • 44,500 miles
Sometimes when the key is turned, nothing happens. The car won't start. I took it to the dealer 16 Aug 2017. They wanted to change the starter. I said no. This is a car with less than 50,000 miles. Sometimes I need to turn the key several times before it starts or cranks or does anything. Dealer also said it wouldn't start with them.

- Old Town, FL, USA

problem #117

Aug 052017


  • 56,000 miles
Intermittent starting issues, push start button, car makes grinding noises and clicking, brake then locks down to the floor. After repeated attempts to push button, car will eventually start..this is an intermittent problem, has occured at least 6 times in past 4 months. Does not happen all the time. Have had car to Honda dealer for diagnostic, they cannot find problem but state there has been multiple complaints from other Honda consumers. This issue has no certain time of happening, has occured on a cold and warm start. I never know when car will start or not. Taking car back to Honda service next week to try to diagnose again.

- Shippensburg, PA, USA

problem #116

Jul 312017


  • 54,000 miles
Vehicle is 2013 and I have replaced the started and battery 4 times due to engine failure, it turn on and immediatly dies off, my car has been towed 6 times or more since I bought, I have done all the maintenance all the time and computer never identifies this problem. I am so tired of this trash car, I stillowe on it or else I would just park it on the front lot of a dealer and put a big sign saying do not buy Honda Accord, many problems always. Lastly, I asked the driver for the tow truck which kind of cars he tows the most due to engine failure and he said, laughing "Honda"...first time it fail to start was at 54K miles.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #115

Jul 282017


  • 51,000 miles
The I4 engine will not start intermittently. The battery is new and fully charged. Many times, I get it started by straightening the steering wheel. The car is 4 years old with 51K miles so outside of warranty. The dealer wants a diagnostic fee to test other components. This is potentially dangerous to consumers for the electrical component but also a consumer hazard in terms of safety not to mention T reputational risk to Honda.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #114

Jul 082017


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle has had to be towed twice in the past four months due to failure to start, only clicking sound. Before completely unable to start, I would have to try 3 or more times for it to start. First time I changed the battery an vehicle was ok for a while but then started failing to start intermittently and would only start after several attempts. I do not mind replacing the starter but it bothers me because the vehicle is only 3-4 year old and believe replacing the starter may not fix the problem in the long run as it would have to be replaced with the same starters that are failing. Please help. Thanks.

- Cypress, TX, USA

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