The rear side-impact rating is a concern, but occupants are safer in a 2009 Honda Accord than in many other vehicles. Nonetheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan only three stars for rear side impacts, but awards it five stars in all other tests.
According to Car and Driver, the 2009 Honda's "body structure...utilizes Honda's 'Advanced Compatibility Engineering' designed to better disperse energy upon impact in a frontal collision, which essentially means occupants are better protected if encased in the eighth-generation Accord."
Cars.com reports that the 2009 Honda Accord is equipped with "six airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags," as well as "Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system, all-disc antilock brakes and active front head restraints"—all standard equipment.
ConsumerGuide reports another safety positive: "visibility is good all around in all models" of the 2009 Honda.