general problems of the 2012 Honda Accord - part 1

54 problems related to seats have been reported for the 2012 Honda Accord. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2012 Honda Accord based on all problems reported for the 2012 Accord.

car   Seats problem 1
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

The foam covering the metal frame on the driver's back rest has either shifted or is so thin that is has worn through and that allows direct contact between the driver's back and the metal frame. In the event of a crash, I feel that the direct contact of the metal seat frame will result in injury or increased injury to the driver.

car   Seats problem 2
Failure Date: 04/16/2016

The driver seat in my 2012 Honda Accord is so uncomfortable that I now have to seek medical attention for my neck shoulder lower back and leg pain. I bought the car used a couple of years ago and try to take it back 2 days later but I cannot afford to buy another car I owned a Saturn for 16 years and never had a problem like this I was sitting on 3 inches of foam rubber for my back and the bottom of the seat but the pain still persists. Now I sit on pillows and that is no longer helping but I also put my left foot on the seat or up on the dashboard to relieve my lower back. I know it is the car as I have used other people's cars and while I still get pain it is not as severe as when I am in my Honda for at least 20 minutes. Driving to see family 75 miles away I have to take two breaks. The pain I have persist when I am out of the car but it is not as severe as it is when I am driving the car. I have owned many cars throughout my lifetime and have never had anything as bad as this. I have reported this before including photographs of myself with my leg on the dashboard, I have complained to Honda never received a response.

car   Seats problem 3
Failure Date: 10/10/2015

Most uncomfortable car seat ever makes your lower back hurt and legs go numb.

car   Seats problem 4
Failure Date: 09/14/2015

I purchased this Honda Accord as a certified used vehicle from a Honda dealer about 2 months ago. I haven't driven the vehicle very much, consequently the problem didn't become very apparent until yesterday. The lumbar support causes severe back pain. I tried adjusting the lumbar but even at the lowest available setting the thing simply rams into your lower back. This problem isn't noticeable during a test drive of 5-10 minutes. It becomes very apparent after about 30-40 minutes. I've been out of the vehicle for 18 hours and still have discomfort in the area where the lumbar support contacts my back. This may cause permanent injury! hopefully, Honda will rectify this obvious problem for the numerous unfortunate purchasers of this expensive vehicle!.

car   Seats problem 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2015

Drivers seat felt like metal was pushing through it, causing discomfort when I sat; worse when getting in/out of the car. I did not own car 3 years but mileage past warranty. Honda said they would replace seat as a "goodwill gesture". Repiair done by Honda dealer, made the problem worse. I called immediately. Although the estimate I received to fix the seat included replacing the entire cushion and cover, when the dealer did it they said they had only replaced the cover. I had to bring it back and they replaced the cushion; problem was worse. Something presses up through the seat and something is digging into my back. I brought it back, dealer said they don't feel the problem. I called Honda, they said bring it back when regional manager was there. Brought back so regional manager could look at it, he said he doesn't feel the problem. They all tell me that that is how the seats are made. The seat feels like there is metal pressing up into me and when I turn to get in and out of the car it is worse. There is also a problem with the back part of the seat because it digs into my back. I am not a new Honda owner and these are not typical. To get relief while trying to get this resolved, I got a kitchen chair cushion and folded it so 1/2 is on the back and 1/2 is on the seat. Immediately after starting to use the cushion I noticed that an ongoing pain I was having in my hip and legs disappeared and when I drove long distance my legs did not ache. It is easy to assume aches and pains are associated with getting old, however after I started using the cushion the aches and pains stopped aching. By coincidence, I gave my father my 2010 Honda Accord when I got this one. He is an active senior and he had started complaining of hip pain. A recent mri showed a cyst in his hip. I wonder if this is related to Honda seats too? people may not be aware that seat is causing their pain.

car   Seats problem 6
Failure Date: 02/20/2015

I bought the 2012 Honda Accord in Dec 2011 for my wife. The car overall has performed well with no major problems. My wife has complained about uncomfortable seats since we bought it. I too noticed it when I drove for distances over 30 minutes. Last year, 2014, I finally bought my wife a new car and the Honda became my hand me down. I have been miserable in this car. The seat design causes pain in my legs, especially my left leg. It also causes me lower back pain. No amount of seat adjustment relieves the pain so I avoid driving it long distances. After driving home on my last day of work (I'm now temporarily out on doctors orders), the seat was especially uncomfortable to me. I had to go to urgent care that evening. Eventually I found out I had two herniated disks. My trips to the doctor and physical therapy are now miserable with this car but fine in my wife's car. I can't say the Honda Accord caused the problem but it sure didn't help it. From what I've read about the complaints on the Honda Accord seats, I can see they won't be fixed by Honda. I'm now in a market for a replacement vehicle and will be glad to get rid of it.

car   Seats problem 7
Failure Date: 02/16/2015

The front driver and front passenger seats are uncomfortable to a point where it affects my driving ability. When I drove for two hours I needed to adjust my self in my seat multiple times causing me to not focus on the road. After the two hour drive I had bad lower back pain.

car   Seats problem 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2015

The front seating is so uncomfortable that is causes back and neck pain, and I fear if the car was involved in an accident the head rest, which is pointed so far forward as to cause neck pain if the person uses the seat in a straighter position. The lumbar support causes me back pain because I cannot adjust it out. It hits me in a bad place in the back and causes back pain. I am an average height male (5'11").

car   Seats problem 9
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

There seems to be a flaw in the 2012 Honda Accord front driver and passenger seats that makes them so uncomfortable that it is actually painful. While this may seem to just be a superficial matter, I believe that it is serious because the discomfort is so bad that, while driving, the driver has to shift in the seat frequently to try to alleviate the discomfort. This creates a potential safety issue. Moreover, after driving, the pain in my right leg and bottom is so bad that it can last for hours, if not days. I am concerned that the seats are causing permanent nerve or muscle damage. The injury may not be visible, but something bad is happening. The pain seems to be cumulative because it seems to be getting worse the longer that I drive this car. I thought that perhaps I was the only one who had this problem until I went on-line and discovered hundreds of similar complaints posted on several websites. On September 13, 2013 I brought the problem to my Honda dealer when I took the car in for routine service. They said that no seat defects were found when compared to the seats in another vehicle of the same model. Because the problem continued, in June 2014, I contacted american Honda headquarters who arranged to have the car seats examined. Once again, I was told that they did not find any manufacturing defect and therefore, there was nothing that they could do. I don¿t suggest that there is a manufacturing defect; I am stating that there is something seriously wrong with the design of the seats. With the hundreds, if not thousands of complaints posted on-line, it is hard for me to imagine that Honda is not aware of the problem. Because Honda doesn¿t seem inclined to do anything about the problem, I request that the NHTSA get involved and have Honda correct the problem. Thank you.

car   Seats problem 10
Failure Date: 07/30/2013

The drivers seats are very bad and cause back problems. I have developed server back aches after using this Honda for the past 3 months.

car   Seats problem 11
Failure Date: 01/06/2013

Drivers seat is not right . It is causing me back neck and leg pains . Found myself ajusting it while driving in a 55 mls expressway and almost got involved in an accident . This has been happening quite often and now I try to move around or ajust the seat when its safe to do so. I think that Honda american corp. , and you people should look into this ASAP and have this problem recalled and fix. Thank you .

car   Seats problem 12
Failure Date: 11/29/2012

Front driver seat is causing neck,back and hip pain after driving 10-15 minutes, adjusting seat does not help. I took vehicle back to dealership, they inspected seat and said there is no problem, I told them there is a problem because no matter who drives the car everyone experiences the same pain. I googled "accord seat problem" and found that there are several websites and hundreds of people having the same issue. For a company that makes such great cars I never expected to have a problem with a seat, I hope they value their customers and fix the problem.

car   Seats problem 13
Failure Date: 11/20/2012

The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the driver's side seat and head rest were very uncomfortable, causing her to sustain back pain and headaches. The dealer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered to file a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 15,012.

car   Seats problem 14
Failure Date: 11/04/2012

A month after purchasing this vechile, I noticed back pain. Every tiem I got into the car, I tried to repostion the seats to get comfortable. However, I was unsuccessful every time. I tried even adding a pad between the seat and my back and behind to make it more comfortable. All I find myself doing is moving and repositioning at stop lights or red lights on my hour drive to and from work. I am never comfortable in the car. My heead always feelings like its being pushed forward because of the head rest and my lower back feels like I am sitting in lower than the rest of me. I have gone to my doctor numerous times with back pains and neck pains. I know have to constantly sleep with a heating pad to relieve the soreness from this car. Every other car I have ever owned I feel safe and experience no problems, except this one.

car   Seats problem 15
Failure Date: 10/16/2012

The front seats in the 2012 Honda Accord are so bad the owners are altering the seats and compromising the built in safety design. The seats in this car can physically hurt your back mine goes numb after a 30 min ride. Honda of America needs to put on notice the seats in this car are now a safety issue. I did contact Honda they did not deny the seat problem but offered no solutions other than trade in the 2012 Accord for the 2013 with the new seat design.

car   Seats problem 16
Failure Date: 10/03/2012

The front seat design on the Honda Accord is terrible. It causes lower back pain and pushes your head forward. Due to the uncomfortable seat design your focus moves from being on the road to trying to alleviate pain or get comfortable and in turn reduces focus on the road and increases risk of having an accident. . Read more...

car   Seats problem 17
Failure Date: 09/27/2012

Purchased a new 2012 Accord in June and have been very happy with it with one very big exception; the drivers seat has a definite design flaw. The seat is basically impossible to adjust to a comfortable position and there is no doubt it does cause lower back pain. On any drive over 15 minutes, the seat has to be repeatedly re-adjusted to be able to continue driving with any semblance of comfort. From what I can see by researching complaints on the internet, the problem is caused by a safety device imbedded in the seat back that activates in a rear end collision. This complaint has been reported by a large number of people and really should be looked into as it does pose a safety hazard as the need to constantly reposition the seat (and your body) in order to drive the car is fatiguing and a definite distraction to ones driving. Thought is might "break in" but after 3 months the problem still exists. Have owned many cars over the years and have never had this type of problem in any other vehicle I have owned or driven.

car   Seats problem 18
Failure Date: 09/24/2012

The seats in my 2012 Honda Accord are causing back problems. I drove the Saturn for 15 years and never had an issue with my shoulder or my lower back. The pain is getting so bad that I have to sit on two and a half inches of foam rubber and put my left foot on the dashboard to relieve the pressure. I am going to begin treatment for this lower back pain which now extends down my legs the seats in this car can be compared to sitting on a wooden bench I didn't realize it when I bought the car because I only drove it around the parking lot. After driving 80 miles the next day I could not believe how sore my back was after getting out of this car. I called the dealer and I could have traded it in but of course any car available would have cost me more money the pain discomfort is not only going to cost me money for treatment it is also very dangerous to drive with my left foot either up on the seat or on the dashboard. If I don't do this the pain in my lower back and hips it's almost intolerable - I bought this as a used car two years ago.

car   Seats problem 19
Failure Date: 09/23/2012

One month after purchasing my Honda Accord coupe, I had horrible back pain. I could barley walk without help. I went to the doctor and was prescribed muscle relaxant and ibuprofen. My back has not stopped hurting. I commute 45 mins each way to work 5 days a week. I thought back to when my back pain began and the Accord was the only change that I made. I decided to google to find out if any other 2012 Honda Accord owners were experiencing back pain problems and to my surprise a number of owners are. I will contact Honda to see if they will rectify the problem, but from what I read from other consumers Honda will not do anythin.

car   Seats problem 20
Failure Date: 09/21/2012

Uncomfortable seating caused a severe pain in the neck and lower parts of the neck and shoulders. Neither numerous seat adjustments nor cushions/supports did not help solve the problem. This happened when driving on the highway and loss of concentration occurred which was extremely dangerous and was forced to stop frequently to help ease the pain until we return back home safely. The pain still exists even 4 days after it actually started during the drive. Have reported this problem in one of the car complaints forum also.

car   Seats problem 21
Failure Date: 09/03/2012

The seats in this car are junk and a safety hazard. After 20 minutes of driving they cause severe back, leg, and neck pain. I have repositioned the seat hundreds of times and still unbearable. Its has 600 miles on it and we are trading it in tomorrow at a loss of thousands. We have had the car 2 weeks. . Thousands of complaints online about the same problem but american Honda said they haven't heard about it. Don't buy a Honda Accord unless you like looking at it because you can't drive it. Not a happy customer. Honda should refund our losses.

car   Seats problem 22
Failure Date: 08/15/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated the drivers side head rest comes forward too much and causes pain in her neck. Additionally, the seat caused pain to her back and was extremely uncomfortable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and recommended the adjustment of the seat. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500. Da.

car   Seats problem 23
Failure Date: 08/13/2012

Seats are very uncomfortable. Excessive pressure from the seats lumbar area. They cause back, leg and hip pain. This was not noticed on the 10 minute test drive. Becomes unbearable after 20 minutes of driving. The pain is distracting, constantly adjusting the seat looking for a position to easy the pain. Honda has been contacted and has not offered a solution.

car   Seats problem 24
Failure Date: 08/11/2012

The driver's seat is incredibly uncomfortable to the point of not being able to sit still for more than a 20minute drive. This is a safety issue, and one that I've never had in my 2 current Honda vehicles. The lumbar support bar protrudes into your back not allowing you to sit properly into the seat and causing extreme discomfort after 20mins of casual driving.

car   Seats problem 25
Failure Date: 08/06/2012

I have been seeing my doctor since August 2012 for acute lower back pain which has now become chronic. This came upon all of a sudden and my doctor nor me don't know the cause. I stumbled across the car stats website and couldn't believe all the complaints about the front seats and the back pain associated by others. Now, the mystery is over! my chronic low back pain is probably caused by my 2012 Accord. I am 42 years old and have never had back problems before. Something must be done!!! I have been a proud owner of a Honda Accord since 1991 but this is my last one unless Honda can fix this problem. For all you back pain Accord drivers, contact me and lets get Honda's attention. Would love to hear from fellow drivers with the same problem! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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