Power sliding doors are a nifty option increasingly available on minivans. The upgrade makes it easier to open side doors with the simple press of a remote key or interior switch. Unfortunately, it appears that some power sliding doors have minds of their own.
Honda is recalling a slew of minivans over concerns the doors may open without prompting while a car is moving. The problem stems from a defect in rear latches that causes some to stick, preventing them from properly latching when doors close.
“If the power sliding door fails to latch, the doors may open while moving, increasing the risk of injury,” the company said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall includes certain 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans. Honda began notifying owners and dealers in December.
The company is offering to replace door handles for all affected vehicles. It also advises minivan owners to disable the power sliding function until new handles are swapped in. The doors can still be opened manually when power sliding is disabled.
Legal Protections for California Car Buyers
The thought of your minivan door swinging open as you’re traveling down a busy highway at high speeds is a frightening one. That’s especially the case for anyone with children and other precious cargo loaded in the back of the vehicle. Sadly, it’s yet another reminder that cars often leave the assembly line with significant defects that can raise serious safety hazards.
The good news for California car buyers is that state law offers some important protections. The California lemon law gives qualifying Californians whose cars are not working properly the right to force the manufacturer to take the vehicle back.
The law requires manufacturers of certain defective vehicles that haven’t been repaired after multiple attempts to compensate the owner or replace the vehicle. The money damages available include compensation for the purchase price and/or down payment and financing costs, as well as rental car, towing and repair expenses.
The law applies to both new and used cars, if repair attempts happen during the vehicle’s warranty period.
Talk With an Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney
If you’re a California car owner who has been stuck with a lemon, it’s important that you consult an experienced lawyer to consider your rights and options. The California Lemon Law attorneys at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. Our lawyers work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.