Man claims Honda CR-V vehicles can only safely seat four, not five

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois man alleges that a Honda mid-range utility vehicle does not safely seat five people as advertised.

Bill Schepler, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on July 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against American Honda Motor Co. Inc. over alleged violation of Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant deceptively markets the CR-V has being able to seat five and have three-point seat belts for all seating positions. He alleges the "backseat seat belts are configured in such a way that only two backseat passengers can properly buckle their seat belts at any given time, causing safety issues as it prevents customers from safely seating five people in a CR-V at any given time."

The plaintiff holds American Honda Motor Co. Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly represented that the vehicles have characteristics, uses or benefits that they do not have.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and other damages, award of restitution and disgorgement, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, and such other relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Kolin Tang of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah LLP in Los Angeles, California; and Robert W. Murphy of Murphy Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-06043-GW-AFM

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