Honda CR-V Vehicles are Defective, Class Action Alleges
A new class action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois state court alleging that that Honda CR-V contains a defect that causes the passenger cabin to fill up with noxious gas fumes. Plaintiffs allege that the defect affects 2015 through 2017 Honda CR-Vs. The suit alleges that Honda is aware of the defect, but has failed to repair or replace the vehicles. A similar class action lawsuit was filed last year.
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The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs who say they observed a gas odor within one year of purchasing their Honda CR-V. The suit alleges that the odor causes stomach aches, headaches, and prevents them from driving their vehicles.
Plaintiffs state that the odor is strong. The smell seems unrelated to driving conditions, speed, or how long the car has been running, the lawsuit states.
Hondas purchased as new come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty, the complaint states. According to the lawsuit, however, Honda has refused to honor this warranty for consumers who experience the gas fume issue.
“Plaintiffs and class members have no confidence and peace of mind in a manufacturer that continues to sell vehicles it knows reek of gasoline yet refuses to repair or replace as required by its warranty,” the lawsuit states.
The class action alleges that Honda deceived plaintiffs and other individuals who purchased the Honda CR-V. Plaintiffs allege that if they had known about the gas seepage defect, they would not have purchased the vehicle. The suit cites consumer complaints dating back to 2015, and alleges that Honda has been aware of the issue but failed to act.
“Plaintiffs and class members were exposed to Honda’s long-term, national multimedia marketing campaign touting the supposed reliability and driveability of the class vehicles, and class members made their decisions to purchase their Honda CR-V based [on] Honda’s misleading marketing that concealed the true, defective nature of the Honda CR-V,” the complaint states.
According to court records, the suit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Plaintiffs allege that Honda breached its warranty and violated state consumer fraud laws.
The lawsuit seeks to represent individuals nationwide who bought a model year 2015, 2016 or 2017 Honda CR-V and experienced gas fumes in the passenger cabin.
A class action lawsuit is when one lawsuit represents an entire group of plaintiffs, whether the members realize they are represented or not. The group of plaintiffs in the lawsuit are known as a plaintiff “class”. The class is essentially treated as one plaintiff, who is suing a common defendant for alleged wrongful conduct. A class action is different from a mass tort, where lawsuits are filed individually but grouped together in one court.
Class action lawsuits are often filed when individual claims would be too small to pursue on their own in court.
Previous Honda CR-V Class Action Lawsuit Filed over Gas Fumes
Another class action lawsuit was filed against Honda in September alleging the CR-Vs fill up with noxious gas odors. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
The plaintiffs are a Wisconsin couple who purchased a Honda CR-V in January 2016. According to the complaint, they said that the inside passenger cabin smelled like an “open pool of gasoline” within only a few days. The suit alleges that the vehicle smells no matter how fast the vehicle is going or how long the car is running.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs took their vehicle into a Honda dealership for service when the vehicle had a mere 1,916 miles on it. They allege that a dealership employee told them that other CR-V owners have reported the same issue and that there was no remedy at the time. The plaintiffs allege that they took the vehicle to various dealerships over the next four months to fix the issue, but Honda never addressed the problem.
The suit alleges that Honda breached its warranty by refusing to fix the gas seepage problem, violating federal law.
Plaintiffs allege that breathing in gasoline fumes can cause nose and throat irritation, dizziness, difficulty breathing, COPD and lung cancer.
Filing a Honda CR-V Class Action Lawsuit
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