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 complex than a simple alignment and by November 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, totaling over 1,120,000 cars in the USA.
Given the severity of the problem and the establishment of the petition, NHTSA skipped their usual preliminary investigation and jumped eight into the engineering analysis phase to
assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences.