Honda to Settle Brake-Related Class-Action Suit

Honda's brake-related class-action suit troubles are over for now after the automaker agreed to settle the case. The Japanese automaker had received numerous complaints about premature brake wear on its current-generation Accord and Acura TSX.

The suit claims that the rear brake pads on its 2008-09 Accord and 2009 Acura TSX, along with a small number of 2010 models, have an unjustifiably short lifespan of just 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Honda reportedly refused to cover the issue under its new car warranty and, in all, 750,000 total vehicles may be affected. Around 350 owner complaints were filed on the NHTSA Web site.

<;p class="MsoNoSpacing" target="_blank">To remedy the problem, Honda will install redesigned rear brake pads and make adjustments to the braking system. Whether the issue is with the brake pads or brake-force distribution, we can only speculate. The suit alleges the premature wear is due to the new brake system that includes rear discs and an electronic brake-distribution system, which became standard equipment on the 2008 Accord and 2009 TSX. As is the case with many settlements, the currently proposed outline says that Honda denies there is a defect and that both parties are acting in good faith.

<;p class="MsoNoSpacing" target="_blank">The settlement terms are currently under review in California and preliminary approval is scheduled for May with the final verdict to come later this year.

<;p class="MsoNoSpacing" target="_blank">The current proposal terms include:

  • Owners who had rear brake work done prior to settlement approval will receive reimbursement of up to half the cost of the job, up to $125. To be eligible, owners must have replaced the worn pads with pads of the same type and multiple claims may be filed.
  • Owners will receive a one-time payment of up to $150 to have new, redesigned brake pads installed.
  • Honda to pay $2 million in legal fees and expenses for the plaintiff party.
Source: Wall Street Journal

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