If your Honda vehicle has a faulty CMBS, it may be a lemon.
As early as 2015, Honda allegedly knew something was wrong with its Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). Though it issued a recall of some 2014–2015 vehicles with CMBS, it continues to sell vehicles with the allegedly defective system. Several safety problems with Honda’s CMBS have prompted several class action lawsuits.
What’s wrong with the Honda CMBS?
Due to alleged system defects, Honda’s CMBS reportedly malfunctions. Several warning messages may appear on the dashboards.
Drivers could receive obstruction warnings, despite no obstructions being present – making these warnings false alarms. According to lawsuits, the vehicles’ CMBS could trigger the brakes despite no obstacle being present. As a result, driver safety is allegedly compromised because the vehicles behave unpredictably.
Vehicles’ speeds could fluctuate on the highway without warning, thanks to problems with other driver safety systems. Vehicles may also give false alerts about lane keeping, which could further distract the drivers.
Some consumers have alleged that the systems continue to malfunction even after being disabled.
What Honda vehicles have recurring problems with the CMBS?
According to numerous class action lawsuits, Honda Accord and Honda CR-V vehicles from recent years have experienced repeated problems with the CMBS. A consolidated complaint alleges that Honda CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring vehicles suffer these defects.
Based on complaints submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda Pilot vehicles also face recurring problems with this automatic braking system.
What do I get from opting out of a class action lawsuit?
You have to opt out if you want to retain your right to sue individually. If you stay in the class action, you waive your right to sue as an individual both during and after the settlement. Additionally, class action lawsuits often have thousands of members. Individual members of class action suits may only get meager cuts of the final settlement.
Honda’s CMBS is part of a technology suite called Honda Sensing and Driver-Assistive System, which contains other systems such as Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist System.
The CMBS is an automatic braking system that is supposed to detect pedestrians, cars, trucks and other obstacles. When it detects obstacles, it is supposed to prevent crashes by giving the driver alerts and, if needed, trigger the brakes.
The other systems are supposed to control vehicle speed, warn drivers when their vehicles depart from their proper lanes, and correct any lane-keeping problems if drivers fail to respond.
Typically, those affected by a class action will receive a notice that outlines the allegations made in the lawsuit and tells consumers that they retain the right to opt out of the suit. These notices usually include instructions on how to opt out. However, it is best to consult an attorney on the specifics of opting out, such as opt-out deadlines.
If your Honda vehicle’s CMBS repeatedly malfunctions, you may have a lemon. If you have any questions about Honda’s CMBS, the alleged defects or how related class action lawsuits affect your California lemon law rights, fill out our submission form below or call us at 877-222-2222.
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