Acura’s Uncomfortable Seats Should Come With Free Chiropractor Vouchers

A view of Acura's headrest which at first glace doesn't look bad. But then you try to sit in front of it.

Let's not sugar coat this, the headrest design in certain Acura vehivles is crippling. Seriously, Acura must have hired a spine specialist for advice on seat design ... and then gone with the exact opposite.

Designing a seat that is comfortable for everyone is a near-impossible task for automakers. Adjustable support can help, but recently there’s been an uptick in complaints about the seats in Acura vehicles.

  1. After 30 minutes of driving some have said their legs start to fall asleep and their hips ache.
  2. Longer road-trips result in neck problems from an aggressive head restraint that is pushed so far forward it’s impossible to stay comfortable.
  3. Some have said their butts are numb because the seat is do damn hard and you’d be better off with a sheet of plywood.
  4. An aggressive support bar drives into your lower back forcing people to sit funny.
  5. People with longer legs find the thigh support is too short to ever get comfortable.

Long-time Acura owners have noticed a difference in the seats from older models.

Is This Just a Problem Across the Board?

There’s a bait-and-switch theory that can seats are designed to be comfortable for the length of a test drive, but over time tend to lack the proper support.

In his article Your Car’s Seats Are Terrible and the Industry Knows It, Aaron Robinson talks to Ray Scott who is the president of the seat division for Lear Corp:

“Car seats are designed for the first 15 minutes of ‘soak time’ in the dealership,” he told me, referring to the often much-too-brief period during which prospective buyers decide if their favored new car has comfy chairs.”

Ray Scott teamed up with a chiropractor to test traditional lumbar support and found that it did more harm than good.

Honda has a terrible reputation for comfortable car seats

Honda owners have been complaining about uncomfortable seats since as early as 2004, but complaints really took off with the 2008 Accord.

How bad are these seats? Some owners have refused to take long trips because they know it would take “days to recover from the back pain.” In some extreme examples, we’ve even heard stories of people trading in their brand new cars, willing to take thousands of dollars in depreciation loss, just to avoid another commute in their Honda.

A petition for change was filed asking for Honda to do something about the problem, but the issue remains unresolved.

Vehicles That Might Have This Problem

Model Generation Years PainRank
MDX 2nd Gen 2007–2013 3.99
3rd Gen 2014–2018 5.83
TLX 1st Gen 2015–2018 9.71
TSX 2nd Gen 2009–2014 3.69

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

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  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

  4. Contact Acura

    Acura Support

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