What is Causing These Reported Brake Problems
The Accord is one of the most popular sedans on the road based on its reputation for dependability over the years. However owners of 2008 & 2009 Accords (and a small number of 2010 models) are up in arms over premature brake wear that is widespread and costly to fix.
A front-wheel drive car, like the Accord, will normally have rear brake pads that wear down at a ratio of 2-to-1 compared to the front pads. So when a large cross-section of 2008–2009 Accord owners began reporting worn rear brake pads in as few as 12k miles, clearly something with the braking system was defective.
One theory is that with the last major Accord model redesign in 2008, Honda switched to brake pads that were too small for the now heavier Accord. It's also possible that Honda switched to using a softer pad material to keep rotor wear down or used organic brake pads to minimize brake dust. Whatever the reason, the rapid decrease in braking power once you drive a new Accord off the lot is historically bad.
The 2008 & newer Honda Accord uses a new "Electronic Brake Distribution" or EBD system. While EBD makes braking safer, the Accord's new braking system is partly to blame for the premature brake wear.
This problem was listed as the 6th worst problem on CarComplaints.com's "Top Vehicle Problem Trends of 2012".
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Honda Settles Brake Wear Class Action Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit was filed against Honda in September 2009 seeking restitution for 750,000 late model Accord and Acura TSX owners. The suit described a design defect in Honda's new Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system which leads to excessive force on the rear brake pads, which results in a vastly reduced lifespan of the pads from 70,000 miles to under 20,000 miles!
The suit claims that the average total cost to fix is about $150, but if the rotors were damaged (a likely scenario), the price can spike all the way to $650 or more.
Honda has agreed to settle the suit without actually admitting a defect exists, or admiting responsibility or any wrongdoing. However Honda has agreed to provide cash to affected Accord owners. If the settlement gains final approval by the US court, it will allow owners and lessees of the Class Vehicles to submit claims for cash reimbursement for two types of repairs:
The settlement was given final court approval on July 26th, 2010. Additional resources on that settlement include:
- AccordSettlement.com - the official court settlement info website
- Honda Accord & Acura TSX Rear Brake Class Action - information from Girard Gibbs LLP
How Much Will it Cost Me?
Owners who have already needed brake replacements will reportedly receive only one half of the cost of repairs, up to a maximum of $125. Other owners will receive $150 towards the cost of a set of new rear brake pads that Honda says will last longer than the units being replaced. Honda has dished out about $2 million dollars to the law firm handling the case and could in total pay up to well over $100 million if all affected owners receive new brakes.
Actions You Can Take
This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.
Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com
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
Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety
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
Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA
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
What Other Owners Are Saying
“Told that needed rear brake pads replaced due to grinding sound. Front pads still had 70% life left. Never had rear pads wear out before front ones. Usually changed front pads twice before rear ones. Have owned GM, Ford, and Chrysler cars in the past. Was insulted by Honda with their offer to change pads, have me pay for the work and then if the class action suit is approved will reimburse me a max of 150 dollars which does not cover the total cost of repair.”TGeist, Fort Meyers, FL
“I was aware of premature rear brake wear from this forum, so when I took my car in to have the tires rotated, I had the dealer check the brakes. Both front brakes were at 9mm and the rear were both at 4mm. They told me I'd probably make it to 22K before needing them replaced, which was supposed to make me feel better, I guess.”Steve S, St. Louis, MO