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Paint Is Now Peeling On Some New Honda Accord, HR-V, Fit Models, What You Should Do

Honda is having more peeling paint issues on some new 2018 Accords, HR-V, and Fit models. See what you should do if you own one.

Honda has had well-documented paint peeling problems in the past with older Civic, Accord and some Odyssey models. Now there are more problems with the 2018 Honda Accord having similar paint peeling issues. Some owners are reporting the clear coat and paint are not holding up and after three months the paint is peeling.

A recent report from ABC News says Buckly Underwood who owns a 2018 Honda Accord said just three months after buying the new Accord sedan the clear coat and paint started peeling. "It is eating there through the primer. I am scared it is going to eat through the metal, then next thing you know, it is going to start rusting," said Underwood.

2018 Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord

Underwood contacted the dealership he bought it from, and they told him to contact American Honda. A representative looked at the problem but blamed the paint peeling on tree sap, bird droppings, and the rain. Underwood says Honda wouldn't do anything about it. "It's supposed to be under a three-year bumper to bumper warranty, but they tell me this paint is not covered under it."

2018 Honda Accord

Apparently, Underwood’s paint on his 2018 Honda Accord is not an isolated issue. There are numerous complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Honda also just extended the warranty on the paint for an additional seven years for 2015-2018 model year Honda Fit owners and it also covers 2016-2018 HR-V crossover SUVs with the same peeling paint problem. These affected vehicles seem to be cars with white orchid pearl paint.

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Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V

What owners should do

Take your Honda Accord to the dealer immediately and report the problem and make sure you get written documentation to what they will or won’t do so you have a record in writing. Contact American Honda Customer Service and report the problem to them. Have them send you documentation in writing also. Take as many pictures as possible and take a video of the paint peeling issues with your iPhone. You should also file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at safercar.gov.

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Have you had paint peeling issues with your Honda?
I have 2019 Honda Accord sport 3 moths old and started Paint Peeling on Hood its like ( 3 inch by 3 inch) Dont know what gonna happen next?? I have appointment with Dealership lets see what they going to say... i will update u guys soon
I’m currently fighting with AMERICAN Honda and First Texas Honda to get my paint repaired. I have a 2018 Accord EX-L in black that has paint chipping off of it on the hood, roof, and trunk. They’re claiming it’s not a manufacturing defect. Seems like the clear coat was not applied properly and thus is not protecting the paint from anything. I’ve had this car for 8 months and I’m furious at how Honda has handled this so far. They’ve done nothing to show that they care about their customers that are buying their new cars. I’m not going to stop fighting until they fix this. I’ll update with more info ASAP.
My Honda Accord is just a year old ya it shouldn't do that. My 2011 Accord coupe has some minor paint peeling (a nickel size on hood) but it's 8 years old so I'm not to concerned about it. A year old though ya that's not fair
This is the sort of thing that should also be posted on Honda social media pages. As much as I'm a fan of Honda... Right is right, and I can't imagine where the paint on a 3-month old car (or even at 1 year) can't withstand normal things such as occasional bird droppings, tree sap etc. I'm an easy-going type, but I'd be beside myself with disappointment and anger if I'm that owner.
I see a couple of spots on my 2018 Accord where the clear coat looks like it’s bubbling up.
I just purchased a 2018 Certified Used Accord and it looked great. the dealership did a great job covering up all of the clear coat issues covering small areas all of the vehicle. Currently seeking legal options as well as contacted corporate honda to complain as well as to be shocked they allow cars to be Certified used having clear coat issues throughout the car.
Long time Honda fan, but no longer. Oil dilution in new 1.5 turbos, paint peeling in 2009 civics and others, cracking of engine block in 2005-2009 Civics. Good luck fighting with Honda. They have become customer no service and no responsibility.
Yes, this problem is more widespread that what your article indicates. I recently sold my 2013 Honda Pilot in White Orchid Pearl. The paint on the roof started to fail. Thankfully, the TSB was issued just after I had the vehicle painted so American Honda paid me back for my out of pocket expenses. Check out the Honda Paint Defect Action Group on Facebook for hundreds of other stories, pictures, info. There’s a large group of consumers banding together to fight this problem.