Honda Defects and Recalls
In the ever-expanding world of automakers, Honda holds a distinguished place. Since its inception in Japan back in 1948, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has emerged as a global leader in the automobile industry. As of 2021, Honda’s sales exceeded 4.6 million vehicles globally, contributing significantly to its revenue which was approximately ¥14.9 trillion, or $137 billion in US dollars.
Honda manufactures and sells over 30 models worldwide, catering to the diverse needs of its global clientele. These models range from the compact yet versatile Honda Fit to the luxurious Honda Accord. Honda’s vehicles touch every corner of the globe, with the United States, China, and Japan serving as its primary markets.
Despite Honda’s success, the company has not been without its share of challenges, notably involving safety recalls. Honda, like many automakers, has initiated various recalls either voluntarily or at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda has seen its share of lemon law claims as well. Read on to learn about some of Honda’s major safety issues over the years. If you find yourself with a defective Honda that can’t be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts, contact Nita Lemon Law Firm in Los Angeles to pursue your rights under California’s lemon law.
Honda Safety Recalls and Defects
Honda’s recalls in recent years have covered an array of safety issues. One of the most infamous recalls involved the Takata airbag inflator issue. In 2015, Honda issued a recall affecting several million vehicles worldwide due to potentially explosive airbag inflators supplied by Takata. These defective inflators resulted in the unfortunate loss of life and multiple injuries.
Honda also recalled over 600,000 mid-size sedans and SUVs in 2020 due to a software issue that led to the vehicles’ backup cameras staying illuminated longer than necessary, creating the risk of a crash.
In 2021, a major recall involved over 1.4 million vehicles worldwide to address drive shafts that could break, window switches that could overheat, and a software flaw.
Honda and the Lemon Law
As with any major automaker, Honda has also faced its share of lemon law lawsuits. These occur when a consumer purchases a new or used vehicle that turns out to have manufacturing defects affecting its safety, value, or utility. California has been at the center of some notable lemon law cases involving Honda.
In the past few years, some California consumers filed lawsuits against Honda citing repeated transmission failure in their vehicles, even after multiple repair attempts. These cases serve as examples of the application of California’s lemon law, which protects consumers who have purchased or leased a new or used vehicle that fails to meet quality and performance standards.
California’s Lemon Law, in Brief
California’s lemon law, officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, provides comprehensive protection to consumers who have had to deal with defective vehicles. The law stipulates that if a vehicle is determined to be a “lemon,” the manufacturer must either replace the vehicle or refund the purchase price to the consumer.
The law applies to vehicles that the dealer has failed to repair after a reasonable number of attempts, usually defined as four or more times (or two or more times for a safety issue) for the same problem or if the vehicle is in the repair shop for more than 30 days. The California Lemon Law covers new or used vehicles, whether owned or leased, that are still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
How Nita Lemon Law Firm Can Help
Navigating the intricacies of lemon law can be daunting. That’s where the Nita Lemon Law Firm steps in. Our experienced lemon law attorney is committed to fighting for the rights of consumers. We have a rich history of dealing with automobile manufacturers, including Honda, and securing favorable outcomes for our clients.
If you believe your Honda vehicle qualifies under California’s lemon law, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our team will guide you through the process, from the initial consultation to potentially filing a lawsuit against Honda. At Nita Lemon Law Firm, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the justice you deserve and a vehicle that performs as promised. Call 213-232-5055 in Los Angeles or 877-921-5256 throughout California for a free consultation.