Santa Clara, CA: Honda Motor Co is facing a defective automotive class action lawsuit alleging it' "environmentally friendly"soy casings it has begun installing in its newer vehicles attract creatures such as rabbits and rats, which are chewing through the wires.
Named plaintiffs Daniel Dobbs, Greg Delaney and Sean Rickard claim the creatures chew their way through the electrical systems of Honda Accords and other models that use the new product, according to a suit. Delaney, who owns a dealership, claims a customer has sent him a photo of a live rabbit still inside his engine chewing the cables.
So far, the suit claims, Honda has refused to cover the cost of the damage, claiming it wasn't caused by a defect, and instead sold the car owners a mouse-deterring tape to try to protect the new wiring in the cars. However, because the wiring' casing itself is what' attracting the animals in the first place, the casing is defective, the suit asserts.
"The very notion that Honda dealers are stocking and selling 'mouse deterrent tape' ... is an acknowledgement of the defective nature of this soy-based insulated wiring material for its intended use,"the plaintiffs claim. "Even a cursory online search for soy-based insulated wiring in Honda vehicles reveals a wealth of complaints by owners of class vehicles across the country who have suffered the same fate as Mr. Dobbs, having their vehicles' soy-based wiring chewed through by rodents, and having Honda refuse to cover the repair under warranty."
In the suit, Dobbs, who lives in Wyoming, states that he has a 2012 Honda Accord that he'd driven fewer than 30,000 miles. One day, he had parked the car for about five hours and when he returned the car started but wouldn't move. Consequently, he had the car towed 80 miles to the nearest Honda dealership, which replaced chewed-through wires in the car at Dobbs' expense. A few months later, the wires were chewed through again, and the dealership again charged Dobbs to replace them, according to the suit. But the dealership also wrapped the soy wires in mouse-deterrent tape designed to keep rodents and other critters away from the food-based casing, the complaint states.
When Dobbs complained to Honda about having to pay for the repairs, the company said the problem wasn't caused by a defect and refused to cover his costs under the car' warranty, according to the suit.
According to the suit, the car owners shouldn't have had to pay for their repairs out of pocket, in part because Honda knew enough about the soy-casing problem that it had begun ordering mouse-deterrent tape. Instead of correcting the defective wires, the company is forcing its customers to pay for not only the repairs, but also the tape, the plaintiffs allege.
"[Honda] has turned this defective soy-based insulated wiring into another source of income for Honda and its dealers by charging aggrieved vehicle owners for repairs or parts to deal with the adverse consequences of the very defective soy-based insulated wiring that Honda should have covered under warranty in the first place,"the car owners claim.
Dobbs, Delaney and Rickard are represented by Roy Arie Katriel. The case is Daniel Dobbs et al. v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc., case number 2:16-cv-00456, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
We have had two expensive repairs one on 2018 Honda CRV and one on 2020 Honda CRV due to squirrels chewing on soy based wires. Plus a towing charge to Honda dealer on 2018 CRV even with Platinum coverage. We will also be joining class action lawsuit
Posted by Faith Mrzlock
I have a 2021 insight that I’ve been noticing is getting chewed up. I put up a trail camera and its rabbits As of last night, they have made a hole completely through the front bumper. Like other stories here, we have two other vehicles in the same spot that remain untouched. It is a matter of time until they get to the wiring. There is already a ton of body damage. I’m trying traps and poison to deter them but in the event it don’t work, how can I get on this lawsuit. I fear my time is quickly coming.
Posted by Doug Stockton
I worked as a Honda Tech. for over 25 years and Honda has had mouse problems way before soy insulated wires. Mice get in through the air intake directly below the windshield and build nests inside the heater. An out of balance fan, and garbage firing out of the vents is a give away.
The flow through ventilation has an exit vent hidden by the rear bumper and covered by a trap door that usually doesn't close properly, so they get in there too. I have fixed this problem by covering these entrances with fine mesh stucco wire. NOTE Toyota already had these entrances covered in wire mesh. The taste good wiring insulation is a more recent problem and I have experienced wires chewed of transmission solenoids and off O2 sensors sometimes the same car twice in one week. This is a problem caused by edible insulation that should never have happened.
Posted by John S
Was just charged $600+ for rodent damage to wire harnesses in my 2021 Honda civic. Ive only had it for 5 months!
It's bogus that this issue is not covered by the expensive warranties us consumers are sweet talked into purchasing.
If chewing through soy-based wires is an industry-wide known issue how and why is it not covered by warranty? Why didn't they use the rodent-dettering tape on all of my wire housing? This is complete and utter BS clearly consumers are being taken advantage of due to pending litigation and the dismissal against Toyota in CA court in 2016. There are historical examples of how and why soy-based products cannot and should not be used, especially in automotive applications.
Consumers are being tricked and charged for a defect auto manufacturers are well aware of, but wish to lie about to decieve and profit in the short-term for one of the only widespread issues NOT covered by warranty. Honda, Toyota and other manufacturers should be held accountable for their denial and refusal to take actions to fix the defect. Not passing charges onto the consumer who is already on the hook for making big payments on cars which should be new and usable condition, free of defects.
Posted by I ran into this problem today
Repair costs not covered by Honda > $350. The issue which was caused by rodent chewing affected the safety of the machine. These problems should be dealt with head on and not ignored.
Posted by Patti Desens
I owned a 1999 Honda Accord for 15 years with zero problems with rodents, squirrels etc. Just this last week, my 2014 Honda stalled on the railroad tracks - luckily there was enough momentum to get me off the tracks and down the hill to safety. I had the car towed to a shop that said the fuel lines looked cut, like they were worn down from something under there - only to bring it to Honda where they are now saying it's rodent damage and want over $2,200. This is ridiculous - if I had been informed the wiring on this vehicle was 'soy', I would never have purchased it, as I park outdoors. Now, I feel as though I have a lemon - I cannot trust the safety of this vehicle and am trying to decide what to do about it now. Honda needs to take responsibility for choosing a product in their vehicle that has severe safety issue consequences.
Posted by Sudheer
Today i ran into this problem. Honda dealer told me rodents have chew up engine wiring harness and it costs $1810+taxes. Is there any way i can have this expense covered by Honda? Thanks
Posted by Shannon Lane
We, too, have experienced the wiring on our Honda Accord being chewed by squirrels. We have four other vehicles in our driveway that have never been touched by the squirrels. The mechanic bills should be reimbursed by Honda and a recall should be issued so that the wiring can be replaced and made right. Whomever organized this site please advise us on how to be active in the lawsuit. I don't want anything from Honda, just to have our car fixed correctly. I am fearful to allow our teenage son to drive the car after reading some of these stories.
Posted by Bill Zardus
There should be websites tracking which auto companies are using soy based wire insulation so consumers have some way t find out which car companies to avoid. There should also be some website that tracks which auto insurance companies are excluding rodent damage from their comprehensive coverage. Currently some auto insurance companies are writing this into the fine print of the contract and consumers only discover this exclusion when they try and file a claim.
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Posted by P. Shah
I have the same issue in 2017 MDX. Spent close to $1000 in repairs. I have our Pest Control block everything so there is no way they can not enter into our garage.
Posted by R. Smiley
These car manufacturers are at fault for selling us a product that attracts rats, squirrels and other animals. My new 2018 Accord just had to have new engine wiring to the tune of $1,500. Honda needs to replace these wires. I am searching for a new car that doesn't use soy based wiring. Does anyone know of a car manufacturer who doesn't use soy based wiring?
Can we make this a class action lawsuit? I want in.
Posted by Andie
Today is the second time in two months I’ve had this issue. And, today the rabbit was sitting on my engine alive when they opened the hood. Total I’ve spent &1220 thus far. I don’t want soy casing. I want it to be fixed correctly.
Posted by dennis bryant hopper
2018 Honda Civic with 2000 miles. The rodents chewed through my sons electronic power steering wires and he lost PS while he was driving. This is a safety hazard.
Posted by Lawrence pavone jr
Just recently I have a 2016 model honda crv and the eps wiring harness was chewed threw. By rodents, it cost roughly $500 worst time in my life, since I'm trying to save for our new little one. Though they said it wasnt under warranty and that the harness they replace with one that wasnt soy base but plastic.
I was extremely upset and disappointed. They said they ran out of tape ordered more. But they do that for extra protection. Admitted they have rodents are attracted to these soy base wires.
I believe this should have been something I shouldnt have to covered.
Posted by Rod Rodstein
Honda should offer free "Cat Packages."
Posted by S Nale, retired
2015 Honda Accord - was told today the main fuel line off the fuel tank has rodent damage and will cost us $1674.20 to get fixed and it won't be covered by Honda. We have no other option given fuel pours out when you try to start the car.
Posted by Stephen Lauer
I have a 2018 Honda CR-V and the other day the AWD warning light came on after the engine was shut off. Took the car to the Honda Dealer thinking the new car warranty would cover the costs. After checking the service rep told the damage was due to rodents chewing the wiring and the repairs would cost me $769.00. He said he has seen this problem before since the wiring is covered in a soy based product.
Please add me to the complaints
Posted by Lori
I have a 2018 Honda Civic with only 5000 miles on it and I had the same thing happen June 6th I took my car in because wires have been eaten and then again 2 days ago same thing so twice within 1 month. We also have two other vehicles in our yard Dodge truck and it Ford motorhome and we have had no problems with them.
Posted by karen popham
Mice are making themselves at home in our new Honda Odyssey van. Had to repair cabin filter damage. It's a shame we have to keep mice traps (the humane no-kill ones) in our vehicle at all times. Have caught 15 mice in the past few weeks. Our Honda Element (2015) which does not have soy based wiring has never had a single mouse issue.
Posted by Beth williamson
Same problem in my 2016 honda hrv. $2000 in damages.
Posted by Dale B - San Diego
I have the same problems with the rodents eating my insulation on the harnesses of my 2014 Accord. How do I add myself to this action? I have 4 other cars on the property and never had any problem with them chewing the wire insulation, even a 2003 Civic.
Posted by gabino barrera
in chicago Monday feb 18 car was ok feb19 car started feeling weird but didn’t read the sensors until feb20 in the morning where it said vsa and check engine, battery problem.i checked it at 636am but decided to it later because I was gonna be late.I put the motor oil at 354pm at a gasoline station by Ashland near the 290 express way where I noticed wires were cut from the engine.theres a towing places behind my house and behind the towing place is a salt mine where the rodents travel around.i had to get transportation for work so I went to the dealer to get it checked where they told me it was animals who ate my cables.The only options was to resolve it was by trading the car instead of changing the parts for free so now I’m stuck with a 600 a month loan for 72 months that I can’t afford .or paying my insurance to get it done even though I wasn’t at fault.please add me to the class action lawsuit i will let my lawyers know.
Posted by ELIZABETH CARROZZA
I have a 2016 HRV and discovered last week all these warning lights (tire pressure, engine, brake and other warnings popped on.) The engine barely started so I drove directly to dealership. $464 dollars worth of rodent damage chewing through wire harness.
I wrote to corporate and got the same nonsense answer that its an act of God and not covered under warranty. No, this is a man made problem created by Honda switching from plastic coating to soy based coating. Seriously, who puts food products in an engine.
Posted by Margaret Collins
I too have had my 2015 CRV at the Honda dealer twice for rodent chewed wiring. Please, where can I add my name to the class action suit?”
Posted by Harry
Paid $1908 on 2/3/18 for replacement of 2015 Accura engine and transmission wire harness that was chewed up by rodent. Replacement by dealer is same soy based part. Afraid this could happen again. Can I join the lawsuit?
Posted by Natalie
Both my son and I have 2016 Honda Civics and have already had his wiring harness chewed up twice and mine once and Honda won’t do anything about this issue and act like they don’t even know the soy wiring is the issue. I want to join this lawsuit. How do I do that?
Posted by R D
Just bought a 2017 Honda Civic in October. I went to start my car one day and it wouldn't start. I open the hood and found that some rodent had chewed through my wiring harness and two separate areas. Honda refused to pay for it. They said it was not covered under warranty. My salesman did not disclose to me that the car May attract rodents due to their wiring.
Posted by Donna
I had to take my 2017 CRV in today because of the smell of gasoline and found that rodents taken taken up residence in my engine and ate through my fuel line. It’s costing me $762 and not covered by warranty. I’ve had my car 5 months with just 2500 miles and already spending this kind of money. Ridiculous!
Posted by Colleen
I have a 2014 Honda CRV. I owned a 2010 CRV before this (with no problems) Back in 11/2017 my left blinker wasn't working. It wasn't the fuse. I took it to where we always go to get our cars taken care of. Turns out the problem was caused by squirrels chewing the 3 wires to the plug that the blinker bulb goes into. They were completely chewed up and that lovely soy coated black casing was gone too. You could see the black casing pcs. laying down by the engine. I needed a whole new plug socket and wires had to be cut to pull excess out to reconnect the 3 wires to that plug. (squirrels chewed wires right up to the plug) That cost me $133.79.
I emailed Honda Customer Support about this and they politely thanked me for being a "loyal customer" "but per your warranty booklet, the warranty does not protect against outside influences and damages. At this time, your warranty can only cover manufacturer defects and would not be able to cover the wiring damage caused by rodents." Now, we all know this is a manufacturing defect due to the fact that their soy coated wires is what is attracting these rodents to cause the damage.
I ordered the special tape that non responsible Honda made to deter rodents from chewing and had our mechanic put it on the wires that were chewed and surrounding ones. I also ordered a device that you put under the hood that transmits a sound to deter them - it just connects to your battery.
Well, a few days ago I was out at night when someone stopped me to tell me that my back lights were out. I got out and looked and sure enough, NO BACK LIGHTS!!. Put my flashers on and drove right to my mechanics and dropped it off overnight. They started working on it yesterday morning (12/14/17). By 2 pm I heard nothing so I called them. I was told that more wires had been chewed but from underneath and on same side as before. Its in a hard to get at spot but they're still working on it. At 4:30pm I was sent pictures of the wires chewed. A much bigger amount this time and the black protective casing was completely GONE. Pieces were visible down below the wiring. This time they also chewed on my battery case! (have picture of that) So all the wires had to be fixed and a fuse blew due to the wires chewed and shorting things out. This is going to be a much much higher bill. They also started chewing on wires they had ruined a month prior that were coated w/Honda's "special tape".
So, the tape didn't stop them, the ultra sonic sound thing didn't stop them, I also put a small pail of moth balls under the front end of my car every night- that didn't stop them.I asked my mechanic what else is there to be done? He said jokingly "move to where there are no squirrels". I've owned many cars over the years and kept them in my driveway and never had this problem. Now this 2014 CRV is being ruined constantly. Honda needs to take responsibility and make good on this issue. And to think I was actually thinking of getting a new CRV before all of this.
Oh and as for it saying onliine that the problem exists with year models 2012-2015, that's a crock because I've been reading complaints by people w/newer models (2016, 2017 etc). I am FURIOUS!!
I emailed my Honda dealership again w/this and pictures and also Honda customer service again.with the pictures.
Posted by William Smoody
I had the same issue. Sign me up. Pretty costly repair for something they knew about!
Posted by Theresa Covello
Add me! Honda CRV with rodent damage, Honda fixed car at my cost and then applied rodent tape, also at my cost.
Posted by Karen Mahoney
I have a 2016 Honda HRV. The rodent issue has happened to me twice since I purchased the car from Boch Honda West. I have already paid $2,200 and now they want to charge me even more to put this "Honda tape fix".
Please add me to the lawsuit and never buy a car from this dealership.
Posted by Linda Stanton
Add me to the lawsuit. I have a continuing problem with rats eating insulation and wiring in my 2016 Honda Fit.
Posted by carolyn johnson
Am just having repairs done for rodent damage to wiper fluid hoses in my 2015 Honda CRV. This is costing me $535.00. I would like to join this lawsuit. What else do I need to do?
Posted by Patricia Jaske
I started my car one morning and I could not shift into reverse. Indicator light came on stating it had transmission problem. I was still under Warrenty so they towed my car 60 miles to dealership.They told me rodents had eaten my wiring harness at a $1200 price tag. That rodent damage was not under warrenty. They also told me they would put special ridden tape on the wires for another $60.
I would like to be included in this suit.
Posted by MAK17
2014 Acura MDX. Parked at work in lot, went out at lunch time, power came on, engine would not start. Kept saying I needed to put in park. Problem was it was stuck in park and wouldn't budge. Still under warranty and had it towed over 150 miles to only Acura dealership and $450 in wiring damage due to mice. I am having a tough time believing that. We have no mice in our garage--no signs whatsoever and we just cleaned it out a month ago. Now that I read these comments I think maybe I am wrong and it could have happened at work. We have a healthy amount of squirrels and rabbits due to two dumpsters and a trash can all left open. And yes, I park next to them. Never again! Car is paid for and now I am worried about what this is going to mean in the future for repairs!
Posted by J bev
2015 Acura MDX wouldn't start this morning. Had it towed. When dealer looked under vehicle found a rabbit still in engine bay. The wire harness had been eaten. $1,300.00 bill.
Posted by Larry Davis
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, 3 months old - Transmission wouldn't shift, car was unusable. It happened overnight. Not having any sort of mouse droppings at all in the compartment, I denied that i could be rodent issues. I further investigated and you could clearly see where rabbits, mice, or some rodent had chewed into my wires underneath my transmission. After talking to Honda I learned they wouldn't fix the wires- but change the entire harness, with the same soy based wires. For the approx price of $7000. These cars won't be worth much in a few years due to this problem. I am immediately dropping this car on a domestic vehicle and never looking back. They will be known as problem vehicles for years to come. I am going to hire an attorney and attempt to sue Honda directly for the safety and health of my family. I lost my anti-lock brakes, my power steering, and my acceleration. Because of this. The problem is, you can fix it, then it can happen again a day later. It can be never ending.
Posted by Heather
I would like to join as well my 2016 civic had the wire harness chewed on by a rabbit that was still in the hood after it was towed to the dealer 6 months ago that I got tho pay for. Today my timing belt was chewed by a squirrel that was under my hood. My belt was chewed so much it could have broken while I drove it causing an accident and I have to pay for the repair. I live in California
Posted by Natalie Curcio
Both my son and I have had this happen to our 2016 hondas. How do I join the lawsuit?
Posted by Carl Enden
I have a 2013 Honda Accord and would like to join the class action lawsuit. I spent $700 to repair this issue.
Posted by Ann Fournier
I have a 2015 Honda CRV and spent almost $2000 on what Honda claims is rodent damage not under warranty!
Posted by Mitch Brown
My 2014 acura ilx lights were lit up like a christmas tree. Took to mechanic wire harness destroyed by rodents. I would like to join class's action suit. I can't afford for this to keep happening.
Posted by youssef
I have the same issue with my new honda civic 2016 LX ,with 7000 miles .it cost me 1500 $ to repair ,witch Honda refused to pay under the warranty by claiming that the wires were chewed by rodents.
Posted by K Judson
I would also like to know how to join the law suit. I live in Arizona and have had to replace the wiring twice in my 2004 Honda Odyssey. The first time after the $407 repair (machanic showed the dead rat stuck in one of the belts) it was suggested to have a rat deterrent installed that works off of the battery ($50). This worked well but the van sat for a bit and the battery died within the week of the dead battery and replacing it the rats were back. So in 6 months I needed to spend another $630 for car repairs due to rats chewing through the wires. At no time was I told about the issues with the wire covering as being the issue. This should be covered by Honda!
Posted by Sarah Stevens
I would like to join the lawsuit too. I have a 2016 Honda Civic. I purchased it new in September, 2016. I purchased the extended warranty. On March 27, 2017, it broke down and I had to have it towed to the Bill Pierce Honda dealership in Reno, NV.
They told me a rodent chewed through the EPS harness and that it would not be covered under warranty, so I would have to pay for the repairs out of pocket. I too argued that it was a design problem and that they should pay the repairs, but they refused, and I will have to pay approximately $400 for the repairs.
Posted by Aaron Noble
Same issue with our Honda Odyssey twice in the last few months. We have never had an issue with any of our other cars and have had this van under a year and have spent nearly 2K in the last couple months for multiple issues with rodents eating through the wire harness.
Posted by LW
My 2013 Honda Accord EX-L 4 cylinder currently is at the Honda Service Center for a "rodent" or animal that chewed through the wiring harness. They quoted me $370+tax to splice and solder in hopes to repair it vs. replacing the entire wiring harness (>$1,000 fix). Unknown what or where my car was located when this pesty animal did it's costly damage. My car is housed in a garage that is covered in mouse traps. It rarely sits outside in the driveway. It is often parked in a parking ramp on the 5th floor.
Original problem occurred when all the dashboard warning lights were on (LDW, FCW, ABS, Power Steering, Low Traction, Low Tire Pressure) and dash display read "FCW System Failed" & "LDW System Failed." The car constantly alarmed when you opened the door and also required pushing the push ignition button twice to turn the car off (it normally only requires 1 push). Car seemed to drive fine with exception of anti-lock brakes did not engage (did lock up) on slippery icy roads when stopping. Still had normal brake function and no steering problems.
Posted by Valerie
2005 Honda SI hatchback. Engine wiring is completely chewed up, 2 of the engine lights are on all the time, and the A/C doesn't work. Only about 161,000 miles on the odometer; you'd think the car would last longer than that.
Posted by Alexis O'Farrell
2012 Honda Civic...we are currently facing over $1000 worth of damage to fuel system and wiring; the dealership is still uncovering it all. Please help!
Posted by Mike
Just had a repair of $640.00 to fix power steering wires that the dealership says was eaten by a rodent.
They even gave me a picture of a WHOLE slice of bread up where the steering wires are, plus a picture of the eaten case and the wires. I moved my car out of my driveway onto the residential street at 6am, no problem. But at 3pm when my wife went to leave with the car ,no steering. I found it interesting how what ever it was decided to leave the bread and munch on the wires. Not buying it.
My friend(the salesman) thought it might be my battery. Low voltage could trigger the EPS(electronic power steering) or other electrical parts. He told me this before the service dept. looked at it.
When they came back to me with the rodent story I was livid. It's what prompted me to research other stories and claims about Honda.
Posted by Dana
Power steering wiring eaten 3 times in two months. This is getting expensive, might a's well be making payments. I have a 2015 crv, just pissed off that warranty does not cover the faulty wiring. Just stupid to produce wiring with soy materials. Caught a rabbit in the car this moring eating it again. Will be forced to trade for an uneatable vehicle!
Posted by Tuan Nguyen
My parents brought the 2013 and 2014. The 2013 had a few lights come on on the odometer and later the battery died. I was convinced it was the battery so I went and got it checked. Advance Auto parts determined that my battery was no longer good. Long story short I finally got the check engine light scanned. Mass Air Flow sensor was showing high voltage or something along that line. After inspecting it I noticed two spots on the wire harness that was chewed up by a rodent. If Honda knew about this issue why didn't they fix it? This has caused a lot of stress and burden for us... I would like to join this lawsuit as well. Shame on Honda!
Posted by Pam Cardinal
I have a 2014 Honda Ridgeline, In the last 3 weeks I have caught 11 mice in the cab of the Ridgeline. I took this to a mechanic, they determined that the vent in the trunk was open to the outside, Mice climb in the vent and then follow the spare tire channel to the back seat. I keep catching them in the back sear area. This area was sealed off, and they are still getting in.
I now have traps in the vehicle, lavender mothballs in the cab and the trunk, as well as in my garage. I am fed up. I don't know what else to do. I need some help with this. I am afraid, to drive my car, and if a mouse climbed out while I was driving, there is no telling what could happen. I am petrified of these rodents.
Posted by Richard M Woods
I to have had my vehicle in twice for about the same problem within three months add me to the federal lawsuit make it a class-action
Posted by Steven C
My wife went to use the window washer fluid on our recently purchased 2015 Honda CRV and had no luck. Figuring the reservoir was empty she bought a jug and poured it into the neck of the fluid tank. As she poured it in she heard splashing on the concrete below the car. SOG! What could possibly be wrong with our new CRV???? She took it to the dealer only to be told that rodents had chewed thru the hose. We were told that the damage was "an act of God" and our initial warranty nor the extended service warranty we purchased would cover the cost of repairs. We paid the tab and took the car on a wkend getaway the following morning. Upon returning Sunday evening we left the car in the drive after unpacking. The following morning- Guess what???? No windshield washer fluid!!!!! Back to the local dealer. Three guesses!?! Yes the service manager told us they had been gnawed again. Once again we paid the tab and began investigating. Now we know. After calling the dealer we were told they DIDN'T EVEN WRAP THE HOSE...EITHER TIME with their patented tape. " It won't stick to the hose", he said
Enough is Enough.
Posted by Senchal Hatton
My Honda Civic CX 1999 also has cost me hundreds in chewed wire repairs and aggravation trying to figure out why it wouldn't pass a smog test ( chewed wires again) by rats and rabbits...I caught rabbits in the engine dept. numerous times ( including kicking one out five times today!) and had a rat jump out at a gas station. This issue has been a nightmare. Wish the lawsuit covered older cars!
Posted by William Leftwich
I have had two repairs for massive squirrel damage on my 2013 Civic.
I too am planning on joining the class action law suit.
Posted by Sylvia Glover
I want to join the other outraged Honda car owners who have been subjected to the expensive, disruptive effects of rodent damage. HOnda must respond and take responsibility for this. The more they hear from car owners, the better chance we have of getting a response from them. This is unacceptable.
Posted by Cat Streat
I've got a 2000 Honda Civic DX. I've had to replace the power outlet wiring twice due to rodent damage (and it's already chewed through again) as well as the heater fan (2x) due to mice or rats chewing their way through the casing. They have also completely stripped the insulation under the hood although they have left the washer fluid lines alone (I use ammonia which may be a deterrent). I would like to know the manufacturing cut off dates for this class action, as it certainly doesn't seem to be a recent problem. I have a 1989 Ford truck as well, and although field mice will definitely get in if I leave food items in it, they have never gone after the wiring or any other part of the truck. By contrast, the Honda is an apparent delicacy.
Posted by Ashley Carman
My car is at the Honda dealer as we speak facing a possible $1200 repair for this. I just found a dead rat in my driveway under where my car was parked, right after dealership told me they found chewed wires and a nest!! Where do I sign up?
Posted by Tedd hale
The problem extends to models made prior to 2012 as well. I have a 2001 Honda accord ex, and I have had my air conditioning, SRS, traction control, cruise control, ABS, both rear wheel sensors, and other wiring and harnesses chewed up. I have repaired them several times only for the rodents to chew closer to the connectors, making it impossible to repair. It being an older model there is no warranty, but the problem isn't something only to newer Hondas. To combat this problem from any further rodents munching down on what wiring is left, I keep poison corn bait in various places on and under my car.
Posted by Roberta rinker
2013 Accord Same as above. Rodents mice I assume eat my wires and had to replace the wiring harness to the tune of $2400.00 and the 2nd time $1500.00 till it came to my attention what was going on. Honda was in ignorant bliss.
Posted by Cary Babinec
Buying a new car you shouldn’t have to worry about mice eating it for lunch. My new Honda, along with many new cars is equipped with “soy based” hose lines that mice LOVE to eat. Donna went to hit the washer fluid lever and nothing came out. Instead the fluid drained down the firewall over the engine. My Honda dealer acknowledged the problem they have with mice eating the wires and the fluid lines. Now I have to find the anti- mouse tape and set traps under the hood of my CR-V at night!
To say I was pissed was an understatement.
Posted by Donna Opfer
This has happened to me twice, for a cost of over $4,000! Where do I sign up?
Posted by S. Fowler
2/4/16. Rodents chewed through wiring on ignition coil. Mechanic showed me the rodent's nest (mice probably) and droppings in the engine compartment. They were hiding under the shroud so we didn't know they were there until engine wasn't running properly. 2012 certified preowned Odyssey we bought in Sept 2015.
Posted by Harvey Thompson
A squirrel destroyed the wiring harness in my 2012 Acura TSX (purchased new in March 2013) in April 2014 when the vehicle had 6,000 miles on it in Kentucky. This happened at work in a short timeframe. The dealership filled up a large garbage can with debris (twigs, leaves, branches) before they determined the extent of the damage. Total charges exceeded $1,400 which was not covered by warranty. Would this qualify?
Posted by Michael Carey
I've experienced the same problem with my Acura. Any chance this might become a class-action lawsuit?
Posted by Mike cunningham
I just had the problem on my Honda Ridgeline last week. It is a 2007 with 60,000 miles. They said rodents hah eaten my wires and it cost me 800 dollars at the dealer. Can I get in the law suit? I live in Florida
Posted by simon
i am also a victim of rodents eating through my civic 2012 engine wires on two occasions. Ever since i got my remote starter installed ive had strange smell from my engine and found a dead rats inside.
im willing to testify in court.
Posted by Ronald Ehrlich
Can I join your lawsuit.
I live in Florida.
A few weeks ago my 2015 had the same problem.
My transmission developed a major problem.
I brought in back to the dealer.
They stated a rodent eat thru the wire that controls the transmission.
I was told around $1,700 to replace housing that holds the wire or around $350 just to repair wire.
I was told not covered by my warranty...not a manufacturer's defect.
I argued that this was a design problem by Honda so the repair should be covered.
They refused to cover repair.
Reluctantly I paid $343 for the repair.
Posted by CPO WILLIS Greene USN Retired
I have a 2014 Honda Accord Sport... Is this SOY insulated wiring on these year/model also...??
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