By on May 10, 2021

Honda Accords

2013-15 Honda Accords are under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a steering issue. Allegations of Accords suddenly losing control without warning have led to 107 complaints. According to a Motor1 report, there are as many as 1,120,470 Accords in the US that could be affected.

Honda Accords

This condition occurs under normal driving conditions, without driver input. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) uncovered 77 complaints to the automaker and another 30 to NHTSA. Two NHTSA complaints included crashes or fires, and two had injury allegations. None of Honda’s complaints had crashes, fires, or injuries reported.

Honda Accords

The next step is an engineering analysis to look at the cause, scope, frequency, and consequences of the purported steering control loss. ODI then decides if Honda needs to recall and fix the vehicles after completing their investigation and issuing a report.

Elsewhere, drivers described their Accords veering or jerking out of their intended path, without warning. NHTSA has also begun looking into vehicle owner questionnaires to see if a safety defect does exist.

The difficulty for Honda is the continuing Takata airbag inflator issue, which we commented on previously. Millions of vehicles with the airbags are still on the road, despite increased efforts by the automaker and the NHTSA to make owners aware of the danger. Now, three years of production are under scrutiny for this potential steering issue.

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33 Comments on “2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    This is obviously a belated April Fools joke, because Honda builds perfect cars.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Not sure why we couldn’t have had a “straight” headline like “NHTSA Investigating 2013-15 Honda Accords For Reported Steering Malfunctions”.

    • 0 avatar

      Way too long. It doesn’t SEO either.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        “Way too long”? My suggested headline is nine words; yours is eight. Perhaps the attention span of a TTAC reader ends after eight words?

        I have no idea what “SEO” is, but back when I was in j-school, I seem to remember my professors saying stuff like “write headlines that are clear and accurate.” Well, what I wrote may not be cute, but it’s clear and accurate; yours is cute but could mean any number of different things.

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          “NHTSA Investigating 2013-15 Honda Accord Steering Malfunction” Boom, seven words and it still conveys what the article is about.

          SEO means search engine optimization in other words, phrases and words that people often search for. It isn’t just about getting hits though it is about getting the right hits.

          Using this little tool https://app.wordstream.com/fkt/app

          Shows that steering is the winner with lots of searches that are automotive related. NHTSA is second again people looking for car related things. Meanwhile wrong, heading and direction suck but at lest do rank ahead of malfunction.

          So yeah Mike you won at the SEO game this time, even though you don’t know what it is.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    I’m guessing this is some unwanted random inputs from the electric steering assist?

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      That’s my guess.

      My 2013 Accord Touring was the subject of a recall to flash the EPS software because there was a possibility of losing all assist in the system, if memory serves. Trying to turn the steering wheel on an EPS car when the engine isn’t running takes takes more effort than a similar vehicle with hydraulic assist!

      I wonder how much of an input ended up going to the system? Enough to make the car veer out of the lane is one thing, but anything more than that would be pretty bad indeed!

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    I might have gone with “Unintended Acceleration (Lateral Edition)”.

  • avatar
    midnite_clyde

    This can’t be!!! The Accord made Car and Driver’s 10 Best list 37 years in a row. Their other 10 Best mainstay, the Mazda 3, turns into a rust bucket in 5 years.

  • avatar
    2ACL

    And now for the downside of Honda parts interchangeability: the potential for other models to be affected. Acura published a TSB (#B19-021) for EPS failure in the TL (2012-2014) and TSX I4 (2011-2014) roughly two years ago (May 31, 2019). Rather than gambling on whether or not they’d be sued this time out, they went ahead and put a 15-year/unlimited mileage warranty on the control unit. But I can imagine savvy owners pushing to see if there’s sufficient commonality to force additional action for their cars.

  • avatar

    I don’t believe. It is a fake news. Don’t believe everything you read on Internet. Especially if it is about Honda or Hunter Engineering.

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    Wow, Y’all are pretty lame. Maybe you can name the car brand that you like, so we can see how their record of recalls looks. I’m pretty sure it’s not a ‘Murrican brand, because you bash those too.

    I was just telling someone that Republicans are those kids who waited until you weren’t looking when they’d come in and destroy any cool thing someone made. Looks like Honda’s reputation is another thing that you’re jealous of. Yup, Honda, Toyota, and most of the Asian brands are pretty incredible with their quality and reliability. How upsetting!

    Or maybe you’re angry that they didn’t try harder to thwart the evil government’s intervention…

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Toyota is so much better than Honda that I’m embarrassed for the Honda fans that try to conflate the two companies.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Toyota probably is. However, they also had big big issues. Neither brand is exciting. But Toyota has trucks, rear drive sports cars, 8 cylinder vehicles.
        I was actually surprised how well my Highlander was put together. Way better than Accord in question here. Both would lose fit and finish to Mazda (Japan) though.
        I like that Toyota adds port injection and does not go too crazy with turbos. And Honda still has that $800 timing belt in the v6s. I drive my cars way passed 100K, so for me this is a big deal. But last highlander couldn’t take it too much. 131K, I had to trade-in. I wouldn’t even privately sell that thing.

      • 0 avatar
        tonycd

        Thanks, ajla. I was going to post this if you didn’t.

        Honda and Toyota are different companies, with different histories and corporate cultures. Honda’s reliability and quality have been slipping for years, as the messianic ferver of deceased founder Soichiro Honda fades into history and the bean counters have inevitably taken over.

        Some Honda models—ironically including this generation of Accord—have remained above average in reliability, but may others (Odyssey, all Acuras) have dramatically tanked. They still have some terrific (and yes, some not-so-terrific) engineering, but in consistency of quality they’re just not the company that earned the reputation they still enjoy.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    The 2014 Accord I test drove, a “Sport” manual, had the most awful ride I ever encountered on a mainstream sedan. On brand new smooth asphalt it jiggled vertically incessantly, never settling down. The big four was loud and very four-cylindery with a deep thrum. So when I ventured all the way to a lofty 4500 rpm, the sales dude cowering in the passenger seat accused me of “racing”. I reminded him this was the “Sport” model, but already knew the car was a loser, so drove him back immediately to the safety of his sales cubicle where he could work out lease deals for losers in peace and quiet. My seven-year-old at the time Subaru Legacy GT was in a different universe of far superior on every count that mattered to me. I have yet to come across a Honda product that has what I consider decent long travel suspension, it seems to be in their genes to “not do that”, like the four inch travel they gave cars in the ’80a with the magic “wishbone” suspension. On a miniscule four inch travel, double wishbones are no better than anything else. For decades on the way to work across a long suspension bridge, I’d follow and watch Hondas of all kinds slam into the expansion joints with excessive vertical body travel on bumps that the suspension could not absorb properly. As a driver, you get used to anything, and Honda fans who never bought anything else would never know that better existed outside their hallowed brand.

    What has this got to do with possible EPS failure? Nothing. I just wanted to vent about the fact that Honda believes its own hype, when objective impressions tell an opposite story. Take the current Accord Sport 2.0t — it has a 10 speed auto with a crap pushbutton selector, and no way to hold an intermediate gear. Very Sporty. Probably has a version of the dud EPS to boot.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Ha! And I tested same car of 2017 version. And was totally unimpressed. The seats. They were big and did not hold me well. Bad bolstering. The gear shifter was too far away for comfortable shifting. Numb brakes. Steering/clutch/shifting gears – nothing special. Big car, and it felt big. And, usual Honda issue – the packaging. And you’re right – very unsettled if there is a small up-down hill and turn at the same time.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    apparently no math majors here

    divide 107 by 1,120,470

    statistically insignificant

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