Consumer product news: Honda settles class-action lawsuit over brake issues

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. Honda has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that was filed with regard to rapidly deteriorating brakes.

Product liability attorney alerts- Honda has reached a settlement concerning the class-action lawsuit filed with regard to problematic braking systems.

Washington, DC—More than six months after Honda was slapped with a class-action lawsuit concerning issues with the rear brakes in approximately 750,000 Accords and Acura TSXs, the automobile manufacturer has reportedly agreed to settle the suit. The class-action lawsuit was filed in September, while final approval for the settlement was expected before the end of this year, according to information provided by the New York Times on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

According to the lawsuit, the rear breaks in 2008-09 Accords, 2009 Acura TSXs and some 2010 models, which are advertised to last up to 70,000 miles, could fail in as little as 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Honda also allegedly refused to allow customers to receive repairs under the new-car warranty, though they never warned consumers that brake repairs would be needed on such a frequent basis.

The class-action suit also alleged Honda’s updated breaking system, which included “four wheel discs and an electronic brake distribution system,” were to blame to the rapid deterioration of the affected automobiles brakes. Approximately 350 Honda owners complained of brake issues on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site. A San Francisco attorney who was on the case stated, “Cases like this, where you are alleging that a wear part is defective, are extraordinarily difficult to prove and to win.”

Although Honda reportedly contested allegations that the new braking system is defective, they have agreed to settle the lawsuit. They will reportedly reimburse customers, who have already received repairs, half of what they paid or a maximum of $125. Owners of the affected Honda vehicles will also apparently receive $150 towards the installation of resigned brake pads.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.