2019 Honda Accord Problems And Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brakes, Electrical, Collision Mitigation and Steering issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2019 Honda Accord is one of the more popular mid-size cars on the road. Since its debut, the Accord has provided many drivers with years of service. Even the 2019 model is said to be “engineered to take you farther.” Yet, many of today’s consumers find that the newer Accord isn’t built like those of days gone by. It seems to suffer from defective service brakes, malfunctioning electronic stability control and faulty steering.

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Problems with the Brakes

When driving on the road, it’s vital that the brakes stop the vehicle on time. Otherwise, a crash might occur and injury would be possible. The 2019 Honda Accord seems to have a lot of trouble with the braking system.

Here is one review left on the NHTSA website that demonstrates what can happen. “When I brake from a speed of 30-40 mph, the pedal feel is not smooth throughout the braking motion. First, I start to brake but I do not slow down, only when I press even harder does the brake engage but at that point it is a heavy brake making the car lunge forward. Basically the brakes only engage when I press harder on the pedal but doing so makes the braking not smooth. This uncertainty when the brakes will engage makes for a dangerous situation when driving in stop and go traffic. I have to heavily concentrate on braking. My car is brand new with only 1450 miles on it. I took it to the dealer but they do not believe my story even when they test drive.”

It appears that Honda is aware of braking problems with this model. Service Bulletin #APaS09252019903 talks about pulsation in the brakes at highway speeds. While they didn’t issue a repair for it, they were using the bulletin to do further investigation. In the meantime, it seems that the dealers aren’t willing to hear customer complaints about the problem. Maybe the brakes don’t work so the driver can be “taken farther.”

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Accord Brake Problems:

2019 HONDA ACCORD. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO ABS FAILURE. THE CONSUMER STATED WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE CUT IN FRONT AND THE AND THE AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEM DID NOT ENGAGE.

APPLYING BRAKES GIVES A NON-LINEAR RESPONSE THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO BRAKE SMOOTHLY AND SAFELY. APPLYING THE BRAKES RESULTS IN VARYING RESPONSES THAT APPEARS NOT TO BRAKE AND THEN SUDDENLY GRABS. I SUSPECT THAT THERE IS EITHER AIR IN THE SYSTEM OR PART FAILURE OF THE BRAKE BOOSTER OR MASTER CYLINDER. DEALER SAID THAT IT IS “NORMAL” BRAKE RESPONSE FOR THIS MODEL OF VEHICLE EVEN THOUGH THE SALESMAN AND SERVICE TECH FELT THE PROBLEM UPON DRIVING. ALSO HAD COLLISION BRAKE MITIGATION PROBLEM LIGHT GO OFF ON MY WAY HOME FROM DEALER.

Problems with the Electronic Stability Control (Collision Mitigation System)

On today’s modern vehicles, there is electronic stability control, collision mitigation systems and other avoidance programs to keep drivers safe. When these systems fail, drivers are left in danger.

We see one case of this failure through an NHTSA review. “With only less than 800 miles on the car, my 2019 Honda Accord VSA modulator (which was diagnosed by the dealership) failed. I felt the car begin to bog on the highway right before we were on the exit. Then, the gas pedal stopped working properly and the car lost speed. I would press hard on the gas pedal and the car would take about 3 seconds before it started to move forward, jerking in the direction I intended it to go. After struggling a little while, I luckily pulled over and called a tow truck to send my car to the dealership. I felt that I was very lucky to be able to safely pull over. 1st, it happened during an early Sunday morning with heavy rain, so there was not much traffic. 2nd, the event occurred right before we were going to exit the highway with only a few hundred feet to go. Also, it’s in my hometown and I know the road very well. Otherwise, an uncontrollable car could cause very serious accident. If we were to crash, the event would likely be attributed to driver fault – since it is such a new car – rather than a crucial car part failing, which could cause death to many others who buy new Honda Accord 2019s. Therefore, I believe that this issue should not be taken lightly and should be further investigated.”

Honda knows about these issues. They even discuss how the adaptive cruise control and Collision Mitigation Braking system malfunction in Service Bulletin # 19-051. To repair the problem, technicians must upgrade the software. If the company wants this car to take drivers farther, these advanced systems must work better. Otherwise, customers might not decide to continue paying the premium price for Honda durability and might opt for a cheaper model that will take them farther instead.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Accord Collision Mitigation System Problems:

WITH ONLY LESS THAN 800 MILES ON THE CAR, MY 2019 HONDA ACCORD VSA MODULATOR (WHICH WAS DIAGNOSED BY THE DEALERSHIP) FAILED. I FELT THE CAR BEGIN TO BOG ON THE HIGHWAY RIGHT BEFORE WE WERE ON THE EXIT. THEN, THE GAS PEDAL STOPPED WORKING PROPERLY AND THE CAR LOST SPEED. I WOULD PRESS HARD ON THE GAS PEDAL AND THE CAR WOULD TAKE ABOUT 3 SECONDS BEFORE IT STARTED TO MOVE FORWARD, JERKING IN THE DIRECTION I INTENDED IT TO GO. AFTER STRUGGLING A LITTLE WHILE, I LUCKILY PULLED OVER AND CALLED A TOW TRUCK TO SEND MY CAR TO THE DEALERSHIP.I FELT THAT I WAS VERY LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SAFELY PULL OVER. 1ST, IT HAPPENED DURING AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WITH HEAVY RAIN, SO THERE WAS NOT MUCH TRAFFIC. 2ND, THE EVENT OCCURRED RIGHT BEFORE WE WERE GOING TO EXIT THE HIGHWAY WITH ONLY A FEW HUNDREDS OF FEET TO GO. ALSO, IT’S IN MY HOMETOWN AND I KNOW THE ROAD VERY WELL. OTHERWISE, AN UNCONTROLLABLE CAR COULD CAUSE VERY SERIOUS ACCIDENT. IF WE WERE TO CRASH, THE EVENT WOULD LIKELY BE ATTRIBUTED TO DRIVER FAULT – SINCE IT IS SUCH A NEW CAR – RATHER THAN A CRUCIAL CAR PART FAILING, WHICH COULD CAUSE DEATH TO MANY OTHERS WHO BUY NEW HONDA ACCORD 2019S. THEREFORE, I BELIEVE THAT THIS ISSUE SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY AND SHOULD BE FURTHER INVESTIGATED.

I WAS DRIVING AT THE SPEED OF 45 MPH IN CITY STREET AREA WHEN VEHICLE SENSOR TO BREAK SUDDENLY APPEARED CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO MAKE A COMPLETE STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, THERE WAS NO SIGNS OF PEDESTRIANS OR ANY VEHICLE TO CAUSE THE VEHICLE SENSOR TO TURN ON AND BREAK. THE VEHICLE DROVE AS NORMAL AFTER THE COMPLETE STOP AND BREAKING SENSOR APPEARED.

I WAS DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY IN MY NEW 2019 HONDA ACCORD WHICH IS JUST AT IT’S 3768 MILES, AND THE ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM, COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKING SYSTEM AND ROAD DEPARTURE SYSTEM FAILED. IT SHOWED A MESSAGE TO TAKE IT TO THE DEALER. UPON RESTARTING THE PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE SOLVED. I GOT THE CAR COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, SO I HAVE THEIR MAY 2019 SOFTWARE UPDATE WHICH SUPPOSEDLY WOULD FIX THIS PROBLEM WITH 10TH GEN ACCORDS, BUT IT DIDN’T. THE DEALERS AND HONDA CORPORATE KEEP RESPONDING THAT HONDA DOESN’T HAVE A FIX FOR THIS PROBLEM YET, WHICH IS GOING ON FOR OVER A YEAR NOW FOR MANY OWNERS, WHICH CAN EASILY BE FOUND BY A GOOGLE SEARCH. PLEASE HELP US.

Problems with the Steering

One of the other systems on Honda Accord vehicles that customers expect to work well is the steering. While heading down the road, all occupants want to know that the car is going to travel in the direction that it should.

Yet, look at what this NHTSA reviewer had to say. “I bought this vehicle and noticed on the way home from dealer that I had a vibration in the steering. At 62 mph the vibration was very bad. I called the dealer and they said the weight on the wheel probably came off. I drove the vehicle 300 miles and took it to the dealer. They removed the wheel and tire and found a bulge on front tire. They replaced the tire and today I got an email from Honda Motor stating that was not a Honda problem and I needed to contact the tire company [Hankook]. This car should have never been sold and the defect should have been caught either with the tire manufacture or by Honda when it was installed. Their take on this is almost like it is my fault I selected the wrong car.”

The automaker doesn’t have any service bulletins related to the steering or tire situation. They have instead chosen to remain quiet in these situations. Considering the tires and steering are the systems that “take you farther,” it would make sense that they wouldn’t want to draw attention to any problems. It seems that their engineers need to spend a little more time perfecting these systems before making promises to consumers.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Accord Steering Problems:

HAVE TAKEN MY BRAND NEW 2019 HONDA ACCORD SPORT 1.5 TO TWO DIFFERENT DEALERSHIPS DUE TO MY CAR NOT TRACKING STRAIGHT. EACH TIME A MINOR TWEAK WAS DONE TO THE ALIGNMENT. AFTER RESEARCHING A BIT MORE I FOUND THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH THE GEAR BOX BEING FAULTY (53620-TWA-A28) WHICH CAUSES THE TRACKING TO BE OFF WITH AND WITHOUT LANE KEEP ASSIST ENGAGED. I AM TRYING TO GET THIS ISSUE RECTIFIED AND AWAITING DEALER FEEDBACK. I HAVE CONTACTED THE DEALER AND MADE THEM AWARE OF THE ISSUE. THE 2018 AND 2019 ACCORDS ARE VERY SIMILAR AND THE ISSUE IS PRESENT IN 2018S…. MY BUILD MONTH AND YEAR WAS NOVEMBER 2018.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Jayma D

    I bought a 2019 Honda Accord sport in July 2021. Nov. 4, 2021 the malfunction warnings for lane assistance, mitigation braking, high beams, steering and several other warnings came on when I started the car to go to work that morning. Also, my horn will not work when these warnings are activated. It is no longer covered by warranty and I absolutely love the car, but now I am worried about my safety. My car runs and drives fine so far. I cannot afford to take it to the dealer. I just want to know that I’m safe. I drive 60 miles round trip everyday for work on major hwy (I-10) in Texas. What can I do?

  • ADALECREW

    I purchased my Brand New 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring with 6 miles on it in April of 2019, has been a great driving vehicle with AMAZING gas mileage till Honda did a software upgrade to the BCM on my car in March of 2021. Since then my car still drives great, but my fuel economy has taken a dive into the dirt. Mine nor my wife’s driving habbits have changed and I have even opt’ed for Low Roll resistant UHP 65,000 mile tires since my originals had 42,000 plus in April of 2021. Now my wife is lucky if she can get 33 miles to the gallon down from 44, and I am now getting 38 down from 51. Dealer says that the BSM does not control fuel economy, but of course they are wrong. Validated with 2 mechanics from Honda, Google searches, ASC mechanics as well who say that the BCM does control fuel economy, that is how you can tell if one is bad, “POOR FUEL ECONOMY” is one of the first signs there is a problem with the BCM. Of course Honda is claiming the same thing as the dealership and they claim is there is nothing wrong with the car’s BCM. I purchased this car for the advertised fuel economy of 48/48 and now not able to get it even though I was getting it with our driving habits but we can’t now. Just would have never thought this from Honda

  • Tami B

    My 2019 Honda Accord has gone into limp mode 3 times in the past 2 years. The first time the car had less than 6,000 miles on it. Each time the car has been towed. They have replaced the cylinders and the fuel injector due to metal shavings in the oil. Now at 58,000 miles they are telling me it needs new fuel injectors AGAIN and that Honda will not cover the cost!

  • Robert V

    When driving on highway my 2019 Honda Accord will brake suddenly when driving at highway speeds when a semi is near it at a curve. The emergency braking system alert comes on the consul. It is a very scary situation.

  • Bryan E

    Breaking system problem with my Honda Accord 2019 LX model what can I do

  • Maria M

    I just bought a 2018 Honda Accord. I have been literally driving 70 miles on the freeway and the brakes apply themselves with no warning even though there is no obstruction or vehicle ahead me. The last time this happened to me a car behind me almost hit me. The lane assist does not work properly always steering me away from the lane even though I am in the right lane.

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