Honda Wants Second Look at 600,00 SUVs and Vans
As cars become increasingly dependent on technology, technological defects like software bugs become more of a threat to driver and passenger safety. A new recall from Honda is just the latest example.
The company is recalling more than 600,000 sport utility vehicles and vans because of a software issue causing systems inside those vehicles to malfunction or reboot unexpectedly. The software snafu may cause instrument panels not to display important information - like the speedometer, gear position and engine oil levels - and render backup cameras inoperable, according to Honda.
“Vehicle operation without a functional instrument panel or rearview camera display increases the risk of a crash,” Honda said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall covers certain 2018-2020 Odysseys, 2019-2020 Passports, and 2019-2021 Pilots.
Honda said it expected to start notifying owners of recalled vehicles at the end of September.
“Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to an authorized Honda dealer,” the company said in another NHTSA notice. “The dealer will reprogram the instrument panel control module for free.”
The company also announced two other recalls around the same time. Honda will take another look at certain Odysseys whose rearview cameras are susceptible to water damage. It is also recalling vans whose poser doors may slide open unexpectedly while the vehicles are moving.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
The Honda recalls are just a few examples of how tech and other defects in cars can pose a serious threat to everyone on the road.
The California lemon law is designed to reduce that threat by requiring car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. A manufacturer that is unwilling or unable to make those repairs must buy the car back, compensating the owner for the purchase price and related expenses.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made for the buyback requirement to kick in. That is why it is important to consult an experienced California lemon law lawyer to understand your rights and options. The lemon law forces the car manufacturer to pick up the tab for legal fees that you incur enforcing your rights.
Speak With a California Lemon Law Lawyer
If you have been stuck with a defective vehicle in the Golden State, a California lemon law attorney can help.
At the Bickel Law Firm, California lemon law lawyer Brian Bickel and his team have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We work tirelessly to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
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 a California lemon law lawyer today.