Honda class action alleges automaker sells and leases vehicles with idle-stop fault

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Overview of the Honda Idle Stop Failure Class Action:

  • Who: Hamid Bolooki has filed a class action lawsuit against Honda Motor Company Limited.
  • Why: Bolooki claims that Honda knowingly sells vehicles that contain an idle stop defect that can suddenly render them unusable without notice.
  • Where: The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in California.

Honda knowingly sells vehicles with faulty idle-stop features that malfunction and endanger the safety of drivers and passengers, according to a new class action lawsuit.

Plaintiff Hamid Bolooki claims that Honda has “long-standing knowledge” of the alleged idle-stop fault, but continues to sell vehicles containing the idle-stop feature and does not disclose it to its customers.

Honda vehicles containing the alleged idle-stop fault include its 2016-2020 Honda Pilot model, Honda Odyssey, Acura TLX and Acura MDX, according to the Honda class action lawsuit.

The purpose of the Idle Stop feature is to temporarily stop a vehicle’s engine when the brake pedal is fully depressed and the vehicle is idling before automatically restarting the engine once the brake pedal is released. pursuant to the Honda class action lawsuit.

Honda Class Action Claims Idling Failure Renders Vehicles ‘Unusable’

Bolooki claims the alleged idle-stop fault is prone to “sudden and unexpected failure” by not automatically restarting the engine once the brake pedal is released, rendering the vehicle inoperable.

The alleged idle-stop failure causes the affected Honda vehicles to “suddenly and without notice become inoperable and unusable wherever located”, the Honda class action lawsuit.

“Each purchaser or lessee of a class vehicle unwittingly paid for a vehicle with a material and undisclosed safety defect,” the Honda class action lawsuit states.

Bolooki alleges that Honda is guilty of unjust enrichment and fraudulent concealment/omission, among other things, and in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Plaintiff demands a jury trial and seeks declaratory relief and injunctive relief as well as actual and statutory damages for himself and all class members.

Bolooki wants to represent a national class and underclass of Florida consumers who have purchased or leased a Honda vehicle affected by the alleged idle-stop fault.

In March, Honda recalled 32,000 of its Honda Talon 1000 off-road recreational vehicles, fearing they could be made with intake funnel band screws that could loosenresulting in engine failure.

Did you purchase a Honda vehicle built with an idle stop feature? Let us know in the comments!

The Plaintiff is represented by C. Moze Cowper of Cowper Law PC; Adam J. Levitt, John E. Tangren, and Daniel R. Ferri of Dicello Levitt Gutzler LLC; W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, H. Clay Barnett, III, and J. Mitch Williams of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC; and Andrew Trailor of Andrew T. Trailor, Pennsylvania

The Honda Idle Shutdown Failure Class Action is Bolooki c. Honda Motor Company LimitedCase No. 2:22-cv-04252, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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