San Francisco, California – A class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. against Honda for manufacturing and selling vehicles with allegedly defective window mechanisms.
Lawyers have filed a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles, charging that the defect poses a safety hazard to drivers and passengers nationwide.
The vehicles at issue include the Honda Odyssey, Pilot, Element, Accord, CR-V, Civic and Acura MDX from model years 1994 to 2007. The complaint said that windows in these vehicles allegedly can drop into the door frame and break or become permanently stuck in the fully open position without warning.
Plaintiff Phyllis Grodzitsky of San Diego said that the right passenger side window fell into the door of her 2002 Odyssey in September 2011. “It was a startling, loud sound that jolted me,” Grodzitsky said. “I lost use of my Odyssey for two days and it cost over $400 to fix the window. I made a complaint to Honda. Honda said there is no recall for the window systems on my vehicle. I feel that arrogance by a large corporation in response to a safety issue is unacceptable in this day and age.”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs said that cables in the window regulators are fixed with a piece of plastic that keeps them from being pulled out of place as tension is applied by the window motor. The complaint charges that expert analysis has determined that the plastic pieces are weak and defective and break under normal operating conditions, causing the window regulator to fail. The complaint further alleges that Honda knew that replacing the failed part with a new part of the same design results in repeated failures on the same vehicle, but that the company failed to reimburse owners for repeat repairs and failed to provide a permanent remedy.