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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Drained Honda Battery

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  June 27, 2021

Everyone wants a vehicle that they can count on, and Honda is one of the most reputable brands for reliability. However, not all of these vehicles are trouble-free. A recent class action lawsuit against Honda alleges that the auto manufacturer sold more than two million vehicles with a defect that may cause the cars to stop while being driven, stall, or not turn on.

“Parasitic” Battery Draw Defect

In the lawsuit, 2017-2019 Honda CR-V and 2016-2019 Honda Accord vehicles are equipped with a “parasitic draw” defect, which essentially causes the vehicle’s electrical components to draw from the battery, even when the vehicle is turned off.

As a result, the batteries are not strong enough to power the electrical systems and essential safety components fail, including the headlights and emergency hazard lights. The Honda class action was filed by four Florida plaintiffs, who allege that Honda knew about the defect as far back as 2017, when the auto manufacturer filed an “Engineering Request for Investigation” with the government.

From this investigation, it was found that a software bug in the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) may be keeping the battery awake even when the car is turned off, resulting in weak or dead batteries. Other claims include that:

  • Replacing the battery does not cure the defect
  • The battery poses a safety concern for vehicle owners and others on the road
  • The plaintiffs would not have purchased the vehicles or paid as much as they did had they known about the battery defect

Your Rights Under California Lemon Law

If you own a Honda CR-V or Accord and are having issues with your battery, you may be entitled to a buyback, refund, or replacement vehicle under California’s lemon laws. These laws protect vehicle owners who have attempted to have a car problem repaired numerous times without success. Learn more about your potential legal rights by contacting our Los Angeles lemon law attorneys.

Call our team at (818) 244-3905 today to get started with a free case review.

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