Honda agrees to settle class action, denies engine misfiring allegations

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 8, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Honda has agreed to a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by consumers who claimed some of its vehicles excessively burned oil.

The excessive oil burning caused engine misfiring and premature spark plug degradation, the consumers claimed in their 2012 class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Consumers who purchased 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2008-2013 Honda Odyssey, 2009-2013 Honda Pilot, 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour or 2012 Honda Crosstour equipped with a 6-cylinder engine with Variable Cylinder Management are eligible to receive compensation for repairs or a warranty extension.

The parties agree there are no safety concerns with the vehicles named in the litigation, according to court documents.

Honda has denied the allegations in the class action lawsuit.

Honda says it agreed to the class action settlement in order to avoid the costs of a trial.

On Oct. 9, District Judge Susan Illston approved the proposed class action settlement.

A final order of judgment was filed on March 27.

The court awarded a named plaintiff's incentive award of $1,000 to Vince Eagen.

Attorneys received counsel fees and expenses in the amount of $800,000, according to the final order of judgment.

The total amount of the settlement has been sealed, according to a sealing order filed March 19.

Those who are eligible will receive full reimbursement of out-of-pocket repair expenses, plus a warranty extension.

To receive full compensation for vehicle repairs, class members must submit a valid claim form with a copy of an original repair invoice or receipt plus proof of payments for repairs or replacement of parts on a settlement class vehicle by Thursday.

Class members do not need to take any action to obtain the warranty extension, which will cover repairs for the affected vehicles within eight years of the original purchase or lease date of the vehicle, with no mileage limitation.

Eagen was represented by Beth E. Terrell and Kimberlee Gunning of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC; Steven N. Berk and Matthew J. Bonness of Berk Law PLLC; Shanon Jude Carson, Lawrence Deutsch and Eugene Tompkins of Berger & Montague PC; and Karl Olson and Michael Francis Ram of Ram, Olson, Cereghino & Kopczynski LLP.

Honda was represented by Darlene Mi-Hyung Cho, Michael Lawrence Mallow, Michael Brian Shortnacy and Denise A. Smith-Mars of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number: 3:12-cv-01377

From Legal Newsline: Kyla Asbury can be reached at classactions@legalnewsline.com.

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