NHTSA Investigating Reports of Honda Accord Steering Loss
Federal regulators recently launched an investigation in response to complaints from Honda Accord drivers who reported suddenly losing control of their cars’ steering.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s probe covers some 1.1 million vehicles from model years 2013-2015. The federal agency said it received more than 100 reports of drivers losing steering function under otherwise normal driving conditions.
NHTSA’s investigation will “assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect, a sudden loss of steering control,” the agency said.
Honda told Car and Driver that the company is also looking into the issue.
“Honda takes all safety-related concerns seriously and will continue to cooperate with NHTSA through the investigation process, as we also continue our own internal review of the available information,” a spokesperson told the news outlet.
The probe’s announcement comes as Honda is already dealing with other safety concerns over its cars.
The company announced in April that it is recalling some 760,000 Honda and Acura vehicles that could stall and die, thanks to a faulty fuel pump. The company recalled some 136,000 cars over similar issues less than a year earlier and called back nearly half a million cars for defective fuel pumps in 2019.
Defective Car? Understand Your California Lemon Law Rights
The good news for Honda and other car owners in California is that you have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back vehicles that the company is unwilling or unable to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing costs and other related expenses. The law also allows a manufacturer to instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternate option.
Because there is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in, it is important to consult a seasoned lemon law attorney.
How a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a malfunctioning or defective vehicle, an Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. An attorney at our firm will evaluate your case, explain your rights and lay out your options for making sure that the manufacturer is held fully accountable.
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