The batteries in 2017–2019 Honda Accord and Honda CR-V vehicles allegedly cannot adequately power the vehicles.
A class action lawsuit attributes rapid battery drainage to two possible causes. The first alleged cause is the batteries’ small size, which makes them too weak to power the vehicles. The second is purported to be parasitic draw, which is drainage of the battery even after the engine is shut off.
The alleged battery defects leave drivers stranded and result in mounting expenses for drained batteries, replacements, diagnoses and roadside help. Rapid drainage of the batteries also allegedly leads to the loss of important safety features, such as hazard lights, headlights, door locks and other electrical systems.
An owner of a 2017 Honda Accord Sport stated that battery problems had left him stranded and driven up repair costs. In one incident, he had to jump-start his Accord because the battery wouldn’t start. He took it to a repair shop, where he got the alternator replaced for $495. Eleven days later, the battery had drained again.
The owner got his car towed, and had the battery and his powertrain control module replaced, which left him a bill of $1,335. He alleges that Honda never reimbursed him.
A class action lawsuit alleges that Honda’s battery collection programs did little to address anything specific to the Honda Accord and Honda CR-V battery drainage problems. When drivers bring their Honda Accord and Honda CR-V vehicles to the dealership, they are allegedly told the battery test results are normal. When drivers get battery replacements, they allege that they simply receive the same faulty battery types that came stock with their vehicles.
Honda allegedly knew about the defects since 2017 and conceals these problems, despite numerous customer complaints.