Honda Motor Co., Ltd (Honda) is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures automobiles, motorcycles, power equipment and aircraft. Founded in 1949 by Soichiro Honda, the company started out making motorcycles, and is currently the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. Honda’s first production automobile, The T360 mini pick-up truck was introduced in August 1963, followed by the S500 sports car in October of that year.
Through the years, Honda expanded its product line and operations throughout the world, and its current lineup includes models such as the Fit, Civic, Accord, Insight, CR-V, CR-Z, Legend and the Odyssey. In 1986, Honda became the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to enter the luxury brand market with the introduction of the Acura. Today, Honda is the eighth largest car maker in the work. Despite the company’s long-term success, numerous Honda models have been prone to defects and the subject of recalls over the years.
Timothy Abeel & Associates is the premier consumer law firm serving clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We are well versed in the applicable state Lemon Laws and federal warranty law and have a proven track record of helping Honda owners and lessees obtain significant compensation.
Common Honda Defects
Many Honda models, such the Honda Accord, Honda CRV and Honda Civic, have experienced a wide range of defects, including, but not limited to:
- Excessive oil consumption
- Battery failure
- Grinding noises from engine
- Engine will not start
- Loss of power/stalling
- Engine shudder
- Premature brake wear
- Transmission problems
- Brake problems
- Warped rotors
- Illumination of the check engine light
- Loss of power during acceleration/hesitation
If you own or a lease a Honda that has been in for numerous repairs while under a manufacturer’s warranty, you have a lemon on your hands. Fortunately, you have powerful legal recourse under state Lemon Laws and may be entitled to a refund, a replacement or cash compensation.
Takata Airbag Class Action Settlement
In September 2017, Honda reached an agreement in a $605 million class action settlement covering losses of about 16.5 million Honda and Acura owners with defective Takata airbags. The widely reported defect was due to an degrading accelerant that caused the airbags to explode upon deployment, sending potentially deadly metal fragments into the passenger area.
Current and former Honda owners will be eligible for benefits, including:
- Payments of up to $500 apiece.
- Free rental car for use while awaiting repairs.
- Reimbursement of reasonable expenses, including transportation, towing and lost wages or childcare costs, accumulated as a result of the recall.
It is important to note that this deal is solely between Honda and consumers and does not involve Takata directly. The settlement is one of a series related to the airbag scandal (Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2017). Eligible vehicles include certain model year Honda Civics, Honda Accords, Accord Crosstour, Honda Pilot, Honda Odyssey, Honda Ridgeline, Honda Element, Honda Insight, Honda CR-Z, and Acuras.
Experienced Honda Defect Attorneys
If you have had ongoing problems with a Honda vehicle that has not been resolved by the dealer, you have rights as a consumer under applicable Lemon Laws in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The experienced attorneys at Timothy Abeel & Associates have extensive experience representing Honda owners and lessees.
Although consumers expect their vehicles to perform up to high standards, numerous models of Hondas have experienced problems or have been recalled over the years. Our legal team believes that auto manufacturers and dealers must be held accountable and are dedicated to enforcing the rights of our clients.
By conducting an extensive investigation, we can determine if you have a valid claim and help you explore all your options, including obtaining a refund, vehicle repair, and in some cases a replacement vehicle. Call our office today for a free consultation or fill out the contact form on our website.
Recent model year Accord are experiencing the following defects:
The problem has been attributed to warped front brake rotors that lead to rattling, shaking or rubbing sensations. In some cases, the rotors can be shaved, but the fix may also require replacement of the rotors and brake pads.
Slipping, poor shifting, skipping or transmission failure can occur which might require an overhaul or replacement.
Some drivers experienced squealing or shuddering when turning, often due to a cracked compliance brushing.
Power door locks might activate on their own, or a remote door control lock might not function properly, often due to a faulty actuator.
Dashboard displays go dark, during radio and climate control, often due to a fault circuit board.
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