Honda Recalls 176,000 Civics Over Power Steering Issue…Again
Honda is calling back some 176,000 Civic vehicles for at least the second time to try to fix a problem with the cars’ power steering.
The vehicles were supposed to have previously been fixed but may have had power steering racks improperly installed. The snafu could lead to tires to fail, the automaker said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Steering racks produced as replacement parts for Honda dealerships were assembled with an incorrect stroke length setting,” Honda told NHTSA. “If the steering rack stroke exceeds a certain length while driving, the tire, or tire with snow chains installed, could contact the lower suspension arm and/or tie rod end.”
Tire failure increases the “risk of a crash or injury,” Honda acknowledged.
The recall covers certain 2022-2024 Civics that underwent certain service repairs.
Honda plans to notify owners of recalled cars via mail by December 4, the company told NHTSA. It will ask owners to bring their vehicles to authorized local dealers for inspection and another attempt at repairs.
“Owners who have paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement,” Honda said.
California Lemon Law Rights for Honda Owners
These kinds of recalls have become all too familiar for Honda and people who drive its cars.
The Japanese automaker announced in July that it was calling back certain 2018-2023 Odyssey, 2019-2022 Pilot and 2019-2023 Passport vehicles. The rearview camera image may not appear on the dashboard screen in those cars, Honda said in a NHTSA recall report.
That recall came shortly after Honda said it was recalling half a million of its popular CR-V sport utility vehicles, warning that rust could cause rear suspension failure on some 2007-2011 SUVs.
Fortunately, California car owners and lessors have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. You do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective vehicle fixed.
The lemon law, officially known as the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, forces automakers to perform a full range of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. It also requires the companies to buy back (or replace, in some cases) vehicles that they are unable to or simply decline to fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must happen before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. An experienced lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and take action.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a malfunctioning or defective vehicle, a Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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