2013-2015 Accord Investigated For Steering That Suddenly Pulls to One Side

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The 2013-2015 Honda Accord is being investigated for a sudden loss of steering control. Owners say the cars can deviate from a straight line and pull hard to the side without any kind of warning.

Petition Filed as Complaints Stack Up

Steering pull was a frequent concern of early owners of the Accord's 9th generation. There are no warning lights or signs that the steering is about to deviate, and the problem was happening at any mileage in the 2013-2015 model years.

Multiple drivers conducted their own tests by finding an open area and pointing their Accord straight before removing their hands from the steering wheel and accelerating forward. At least one driver said his sedan executed a perfect 90-degree left turn by itself while others quickly found themselves going in circles.

The most common assumption by dealerships is that the vehicle needs a new alignment, something Honda won't cover under warranty. Additionally owners are told they may need a new gear box or power steering rack.

But the problem is more compex than a simple alignment and by November of 2020, owners of the 2013 model year had petitioned the government to investigate the steering problems.

Government Opens Investigation

The following May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did officially open an investigation sparked by the petition and more than 100 reports of lost steering control during normal driving conditions.

The investigation expanded on the petition's request by covering the 2013–2015 model years, totalling over 1,120,000 cars in the USA.

Given the severity of the problem and the establishment of the petition, NHTSA skipped their usual prelimary investigation and jumped eight into the engineering analysis phase to assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences.

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Honda generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

What Owners Say About This Problem

After a couple hundred miles ... I noticed this car pulls hard to the left on the highway and on a lot of local roadways. Brought it in to the dealer where it was purchased and they re-did the alignment after finding the steering wheel was misaligned causing the vehicle to pull hard left ... Told me they test drove the vehicle and the alignment was within Honda's standard. Left the dealership and after a few longer highway trips and a lot of local roadways the vehicle still pulls hard left.

Since new, my Accord has pulled to the left signifigantly at highway speeds. Most of my driving is on the interstate to and from work 5 days a week (about 20 miles each way). I didn't notice it at first but then I started wondering why my left wrist was always hurting. Finally it dawned on me, I was fighting the damn steering wheel!

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA