– A class action lawsuit for Honda VTC actuators has been certified in two states (California and Illinois) after owners complained that their vehicles shook for a few seconds during cold starts.
According to the plaintiffs, Honda injured them by failing to tell them about the defective Variable Valve Timing Control (VTC) actuator 14310-R44-A01 in these models.
2012 Honda Accord (L4 engine)
Honda CR-V 2012-2014 (2.4 liter engine)
Honda Crosstour 2012-2015 (L4 engine)
In 2012, plaintiff Mary Quackenbush purchased a new 2012 Honda CR-V from a California dealership. A rattle on start-up (and no other symptoms) began in 2020, and she paid for her VTC actuator repair from a Honda dealer at 95,896 miles.
California plaintiff Anne Pellettieri purchased a new 2014 Honda CR-V from a dealership in 2014 and allegedly first heard a noise one to two years after purchase. She noticed that the rattle got worse over three to five years, but the complainant says she did not take the vehicle to any mechanic.
She received replacement parts, including a new actuator and serpentine belt as part of this lawsuit, and the rattle is gone.
Illinois plaintiff Marissa Feeney drove to a Honda dealership in 2019 and purchased a used 2014 CR-V with 93,974 miles on the clock. Feeney reportedly noticed a rattle a few months after owning the car, as well as hesitation, lag, and sluggishness when accelerating. Complainant says she paid for a replacement Honda VTC actuator, but sometimes still hears a rattle.
According to Honda’s class action lawsuit, the automaker learned of the rattle in 2008 and engineers began an investigation, finding VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01 to be the problem.
Honda determined that the VTC actuator pin could prematurely disengage from its seat and allow the vane to vibrate in the housing. The knocking will only last a few seconds as oil pressure builds up and dampens the assembly.
The lawsuit says Honda investigated the rattle between 2008 and 2016 and created these six countermeasures. The final repair was to replace the VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01.
03/12/2007 — Sorting the U-Groove width at Denso
9/11/2008 — Select Adjust to reach stop pin target depth
9/10/2009 – DC – Revised spindle depth specification from 2.02mm to 5.20mm
2012-08-08 – DC – Specify pin depth target on DWG – Mid Spec target
04/24/2013 — Decreased spring load from 5.78 to 3.64 N
09/24/2015 – Design change A1508259 issued for 14310-R5A-305
Some Honda vehicles received countermeasures one, two, and three, while other vehicles received countermeasure four, and some received countermeasure numbers four and five.
Class Action Honda VTC Actuator Certified
The Honda Class Action has been certified for the following customers and locations.
Plaintiff Anne Pellettieri will represent a California class of new and used buyers of vehicles equipped with the VTC Actuator 14310-R44-A01 from California Honda dealers, and former owners who have resold or traded in to California Honda dealers.
Plaintiff Mary Quackenbush will represent a California repair class of consumers who purchased new or used Honda vehicles equipped with a VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01 from California Honda dealers and paid to have their VTC actuator repaired by from California Honda dealerships.
Plaintiff Marissa Feeney will represent a class of Illinois repair consumers who purchased new or used Honda vehicles equipped with VTC Actuator 14310-R44-A01 from Illinois Honda dealerships and paid for have their VTC actuators repaired by Honda Illinois dealers in Illinois.
The Honda VTC Actuator class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: Quackenbush, et al., v American Honda Motor Company, Inc., et al..