Honda Settles Defective Automobile Class Action Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the American Honda Finance Corporation, WFS Financial, Inc.; and Toyota Motor Credit Corporation lawsuit.

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Detroit, MI: A settlement has been reached in the defective automobile class action lawsuit pending against American Honda Motor Co. The Japanese automaker was sued over allegations it made over 1.59 million vehicles that burn oil excessively and also require frequent spark plug replacements.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2012, alleges the Honda vehicles had a "systematic design defect that enables oil to enter into the engine's combustion chamber." The alleged defect led to "premature spark plug degradation and engine malfunction," court documents state.

The lawsuit claims that Honda was aware of the problem but failed to notify consumers, allegations Honda denies, despite having issued a technical service bulletin notifying its technicians to check for the defect. The auto maker did not issue a recall because a safety issue was not discovered.

The class action settlement includes all US purchasers and lessees of 2008-12 Accord, 2008-13 Odyssey, 2009-13 Pilot, 2010-11 Accord Crosstour and 2012 Crosstour vehicles equipped with six-cylinder engines that have variable cylinder management. Accord vehicles with four-cylinder engines are not included in the settlement.

Settlement terms include Honda extending the powertrain limited warranty for up to eight years after the original sale or lease of the vehicle. The preliminary settlement approval was given October 9, 2013, and the final fairness hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2014.

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My 2013 Honda Insight burns 50 percent of its oil early. After that I have to add oil myself at the gas station. A quart of oil is 7.99 minimum. So the actual gas mileage goes down as well to 29 to 31 mpg. The dealer said it is normal. I have had a Ford Taurus with 105000 miles that got 20 mpg and never added oil before the oil change due date. I should have kept my Ford Taurus and the environment would also be better. I was told I may need a new catalytic converter. Now we are talking $2200 for a converter so why Mr Obama did I buy this car? In the long run small Japanese 4 cylinders are actually have a higher carbon footprint. Who knew? Now one more thing this issue occurred at about 57000 miles it got a little worse each month until I took the car to Firestone. They told me several parts are already discontinued for manufacturing after only 8 years. This is unheard of. Honda's power train warranty was at 60000 miles I took the car to the shop at 60700 miles. Not cool! There outta be a law!

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Honda 2012 Insight Oil consumption issue led to total engine failure.
Honda dealer refuses to cover the Honda Corp extended warranty that was extended due to existing 2012 Insight problems.

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Honda dealer gave us an estimate of $14,000.00. Honda offered us $1,00 to put towards it. 2013 Honda Insight. Thanks for nothing.

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I have a 2013 Honda Insight and it burns the oil before an oil change is due, what should I do?

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I have a Honda Crosstour 2014 15,980 miles on it and it makes noise and the oil pan or something rattles. I took it back to honda they are acting like its nothing. I had to use my warranty fir my transmission. Please let me know what I should do.

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