American Honda Motor Co. recently settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged it manufactured 1,593,755 defective vehicles that excessively burn oil and require frequent spark plug replacements. The settlement pertains to all U.S. purchasers and lessees of 2008-12 Accords, 2008-13 Odysseys, 2009-13 Pilots, 2010-11 Accord Crosstours and 2012 Crosstour vehicles equipped with six-cylinder engines that have variable cylinder management. Accord vehicles with four-cylinder engines are excluded from the settlement.
The original lawsuit alleged the vehicles contained a “systematic design defect that enables oil to enter into the engine’s combustion chamber The alleged defect led to “premature spark plug degradation and engine malfunction,” according to court documents. Honda denied the allegation, despite receiving hundreds of online complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationwebsite, and on carcomplaints.com concerning the 2008 Accord alone. Most of the complaints alleged that Honda said it was normal for a powertrain to burn a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. The lawsuit claimed Honda refused to perform warranty repairs for the vehicles and, instead, instructed customers to check their oil every time they get gas.
Under the conditions of the settlement, which is still pending approval from the Court, Honda agreed to extend the powertrain limited warranty for up to eight years after the original sale or lease of the vehicle.
If you have a question regarding your Honda or any excessive oil burning complaints, you should contact the experienced lemon law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® at www.yourlemonlawrights.com or call 1-800-US-LEMON (800-875-3666), toll free. Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® has been effectively assisting Honda customers in Lemon Law claims involving various defects in all makes and models. Our lemon law attorneys will take time to talk to you about your rights and will let you know if they can help.
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