Class action Honda claims vehicles are defective in direct-injection turbocharged engine

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Jessy Edwards |

October 27, 2022

Category: car news

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Honda turbo direct injection engine class action overview:

  • Who: Two Honda drivers are suing the automaker.
  • Why: The plaintiffs say that some Honda Civics, CR-Vs and Accords suffer from a defective turbocharged direct engine.
  • Where: The Honda direct-injection turbocharged engine’s class action was filed in federal court in Illinois.

Honda has equipped some of its Honda Civics, CR-Vs and Accords with a failed turbo direct engine that can cause catastrophic engine failure, a new class action lawsuit claims.

Plaintiffs Eliyahu Wolf and Miranda Phelps filed a class action complaint on October 24 against American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in a federal court in Illinois, for violation of state and federal consumer laws.

According to the lawsuit, some of Honda’s vehicles — including the 2019-2023 Honda CR-V, 2019-2022 Honda Civic and 2018-2022 Honda Accord vehicles — are equipped with Honda’s 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine.

The lawsuit alleges that Honda markets its 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged engines in a way to convince customers that they are purchasing a revolutionary product of the highest quality, specifically focused on power, efficiency and reliability.

“But with those promises came a series of problems for owners of class vehicles that Honda actively concealed,” the prosecutors say.

Honda’s 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine suffers from latent defect, lawsuit alleges

The engines malfunctioned that caused fuel to contaminate and dilute the engine oil, resulting in “numerous problems”, including unlubricated engine components, reduced engine efficiency, excessive engine wear, increased maintenance and repair costs, harmful gasoline fumes and in the worst cases, catastrophic engine failure and stalling while driving, the lawsuit alleges.

Without a lubricated engine, the sliding parts of the engine that come together at high speeds to power a vehicle will create a lot of friction and eventually lead to premature wear, prosecutors say.

Compounding damage caused by the defect manifests itself over time and is often not discovered by car owners long after the warranty period has expired, the Honda lawsuit states.

“As a result of the defect, class vehicle owners often have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for engine replacement parts, repairs and frequent oil changes,” the prosecutors said. They claim that Honda was aware of the defect, but it kept quiet.

The plaintiffs wish to represent anyone in the United States who owns a 2019-2023 Honda CR-V, 2019-2022 Honda Civic, and 2019-2022 model year Honda Accord vehicle equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine. bought or leased. as well as Illinois and Minnesota classes.

They are suing for breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment, and violation of state consumer laws, and are seeking class action certification, extending their warranties, damages, compensation, costs, and a jury trial.

Earlier this month, Honda hit with a class action lawsuit claimed it sold 2016-2020 Honda Civic vehicles equipped with a faulty infotainment system.

Did you buy a Honda with a faulty direct injection turbo engine? Let us know in the comments!

The plaintiffs are represented by Elizabeth A. Fegan, Jonathan D. Lindenfeld and Brooke A. Achua of Fegan Scott LLC, David Freydin of Law Offices of David Freydin, and J. Barton Goplerud of Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, PC.

The Honda class action lawsuit is Eliyahu Wolf et al., v American Honda Motors Co Inc, Case No. 1:22-cv-05855 in the Northern District U.S. District Court of Illinois.

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