really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,944 miles

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problem #20

Oct 302017


  • 150,000 miles
Missing some of the dashboard lights on the 2009 Honda Accord; mainly radio, climate and shifter button displays; rest of the dashboard lights work and still have functionality

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #19

Mar 252015


  • 97,400 miles
My driver side (left) courtesy light will not automatically turn on when the door(s) open nor when the remote is used to unlock the car. Yes the switch is set to door mode. Yes the light works when manually pushed. Yes all other lights come on when the door(s) open. The bulb is fine, the fuse is fine, and the door-light switch is fine. I find this to be a safety issue, not particularly regarding driving, but for my physical safety. I need this issue resolved so if I need to use this light in particular, I can.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #18

Feb 012010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While in a stopped position, the contact noticed that the right passenger side head light had started to smoke then it caught fire. The fire department was notified and they extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The insurance company contacted the dealer and the contact was awaiting an investigation. The current and failure mileages were approximately 25,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #17

Dec 192010


  • miles
I've had numerous incidents which can be considered close calls with Honda Accord in recent months. Besides being blinded by the high beam drls (both from the front and the rear), I have had trouble seeing usage of the Honda's turn signals. This is due to the high light density of the drl next to the small turn signals. I highly recommend that these drl be eliminated. Thank you.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 012008


  • 2,400 miles
Headlights on my 2009 Honda Accord blink intermittently at night.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #15

Aug 282009


  • 1,000 miles
I have notice that while I am driving at night, my 2009 Honda Accord's headlights will dim. Sometimes so low that if makes it hard to see. At this time I can't correlate it to the air conditioning, heater or anything else. The lights just dim down randomly and have increased in frequency over the past few months. We purchase the car in August of 2009 and it has done this from day 1. the Honda service department where we bought the car says it is a normal load issue.

- Upper Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #14

Sep 062009


  • 100 miles
A 2009 Honda Accord headlight flicker when ac or heather fan turns on.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #13

Jan 082010


  • miles
Extreme overintensity of brake lights on late model Honda Accord sedans (through MY2009) and Toyota Camry cars (through 2010). These led lights cause severe eye discomfort to motorists behind these cars, especially at night.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 052009


  • 6,000 miles
Headlights flicker at any given time, at idle, or when driving at any speed. Not just once, but has happened six or seven times in succession on the highway. Honda is aware of the problem but according to the dealership, they say it's "normal".

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #11

Aug 082009


  • miles
Bought a new 2009 Honda Accord lxp my head lights flicker on and off every 30 to 60 seconds when driving at night with the ac on. This is a problem because other drivers think that you are flashing your lights at them. Other drivers might think that I am driving aggressively and this can result in aggressive response from other drivers this is a very big security risk.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Mar 082009


  • 500 miles
Headlights on Honda Accord - 2009 ex coupe - dim (flicker) when A/C cycles on/off. I looks like one is flashing their lights at other drivers.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 062009


  • 900 miles
2009 Honda Accord LX-P sedan. The headlights flicker every 30 seconds while A/C or defroster is on. This is at all times, whether sitting or at 60mph on highway.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 092009


  • 7,600 miles
Flickering headlights on 2009 Honda Accord - this happens at somewhat regular intervals, extremely annoying and has an impact on the driver's ability to Focus (since I am always waiting for the next flicker).

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #7

May 302009


  • 1,250 miles
When vehicle air conditioning is on, headlights and other lighting dim noticeably. Headlights are the most worrisome as diminished lighting can make night driving hazardous. On-coming vehicles have "flashed" their lights in response to this "flicker". Honda states this a normal attribute of this vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Feb 282009


  • miles
Bought a new 2009 Honda Accord LX my head lights flicker on and off every 20 seconds when driving at night with the ac on. This is a problem because other drivers think that you are flashing your lights at them.

- Clayton , NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 142009


  • 800 miles
2009 Honda Accord ex, 4 cyl - headlights dim when A/C on, appears to be flashing on coming vehicles, on-coming vehicle distraction and driver eye strain. Honda indicates this is normal, it is not.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 212009


  • 5,000 miles
I would like to file a complaint about a 2009 Honda Accord headlight dimming issue approx every 20-30 seconds with the ac turned on. It appears as if I am flashing my headlights at vehicles in front of me.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 102009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
2009 Honda Accord ex 4 cylinder- my cars cabin and headlights dim ever 20 seconds. This is not only annoying, but it is dangerous as well. The lights go really dim then slowly come back on. Other drivers think I am flashing at them, and my visibility lessens each time it dims.

- El Sorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 062008


  • miles
Headlights on brand new 2009 LX-P 4 cylinder Honda Accord flicker momentarily about every 15 seconds when the air conditioner is on. This is dangerous because it is distracting to the driver and also because it could be interpreted as aggressive driving by other drivers. Honda is aware of the issue but refuses to fix the problem because they say it is "normal". flickering headlights are not normal...they are dangerous!

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 222008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 827 miles
The contact owns a 2009 (na) Honda Accord. When the air conditioner is activated, the headlights move up and down intermittently. The lights also dim and flicker without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that all the 2009 Accord performed in that manner. The failure mileage was 827. Updated 10/16/08. Updated 10/17/08.

- West Springfield , PA, USA