If you own or lease a Honda Odyssey minivan or a Honda Pilot SUV with repeated transmission problems, you may have a defective vehicle on your hands.
Multiple class action lawsuits filed against Honda claim that its 2011–2019 Honda Odyssey and 2014–2019 Honda Pilot vehicles have faulty transmissions that make them unsafe to drive. If you own or lease one of these vehicles, you may be included at least one of these class action cases.
Anyone who purchases a vehicle deserves the assurance that the vehicle is reliable and safe to drive. If your Honda vehicle has repeated transmission problems that make it difficult or unsafe to drive, you may be entitled to certain awards under the California Lemon Law.
What’s wrong with these Honda transmissions?
According to multiple lawsuits, the transmissions installed in 2011–2019 Honda Odyssey minivans and 2014–2019 Honda Pilot SUVs experience several defects allegedly caused by faulty materials or poor workmanship.
One class action lawsuit claims that these faulty Honda vehicle transmissions experience sudden, unexpected shaking; violent jerking while shifting or accelerating; hesitation before acceleration; surging while driving; and hard downshifting or clunking while decelerating, or accelerating from low speeds.
The transmissions also allegedly fail outright. These transmission failures allegedly can occur when the Honda Odyssey or Honda Pilot vehicles accelerate from a stop, merge into traffic or shift gears onto highways from low speeds, drive uphill, or shift gears at low speeds.
Consumers often report that they feel their torque converter clutches lock up.
What vehicles are affected by this transmission defect?
Owners and lessees of 2011–2019 Honda Odyssey and 2014–2019 Honda Pilot vehicles may have faulty transmissions that cause several defects.
MacDougall v. Honda exclusively represents owners and lessees of 2011–2016 Honda Odyssey minivans that are experiencing transmission defects. Another lawsuit, Mobayen v. Honda, represents owners and lessees of 2017–2019 Honda Odyssey and 2014–2019 Honda Pilot vehicles.
What do these class action lawsuits mean for me?
If you own a 2011–2019 Honda Odyssey or 2014–2019 Honda Pilot, you may be automatically included in at least one class action lawsuit.
If you want to preserve your right to sue individually, you may need to opt out of one or more class action lawsuits before they are certified to proceed. By pursuing an individual lemon law case, you may be able to seek more remedies from your automaker than if you were to stay in a class action lawsuit. The California Lemon Law allows California residents individually to hold automakers accountable if they sell defective vehicles to consumers.
What are my California Lemon Law rights?
If you reside in California, bought or leased your vehicle from a licensed California dealership with a manufacturer-backed warranty, and have recurring problems with your vehicle, you may be able to pursue a California lemon law claim.
The California Lemon Law states that your vehicle is considered a “lemon” if there is a defect that affects the vehicle’s use, safety or value, and that an authorized dealership or repair facility cannot fix the recurring problems with a reasonable number of attempts within the warranty period. The number considered “reasonable” is determined on a case-by-case basis.
California residents whose vehicles are found to be defective can get cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback from their auto manufacturers.
How can Knight Law Group’s lemon law attorneys help me?
If you are affected by this transmission defect and you are ready to pursue a claim, our California lemon law attorneys can help you get the legal remedies you deserve.
Under the California Lemon Law, you may be eligible for cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a California lemon law buyback. However, you should not pursue a lemon law claim alone. Our lemon law attorneys can answer any questions you may have about the lemon law process and get you the outcome that you deserve.
If you have any questions about the transmission defects or your rights under the California Lemon Law, fill out the contact form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation in as little as five minutes.
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