These Honda Sedans, Vans, SUVs are Not Fit for Child Seats
Parents and families driving certain Honda vehicles may want to double-check their child's seats.
Honda recently announced that it is recalling a variety of sedans, vans and sport utility vehicles because of a defect that makes child seats improperly secured. The company told federal regulators that the automatic locking retractor (ALR) function of the second-row center seatbelt assembly may improperly deactivate.
“If the seat belt webbing is pulled out to the end and the ALR deactivates, the seat belt webbing can retract or extend freely, preventing proper child seat restraint with the seat belt,” Honda said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company said the defect could increase the risk of injury to children in car seats in the event of an accident.
The recall covers a variety of models, including certain Accords, Accord Hybrids, CR-Vs, CR-V Hybrids, Ridgelines and Insights from model years 2021 and 2022.
Honda wants owners to bring recalled cars to a local dealership, where the second row center seatbelt assembly will be replaced free of charge. It also said it will reimburse owners who have already paid to have repairs completed at their own expense.
Stuck with a Defective Car? Fight Back
Although the new recall is scary for car owners who have children, it is unfortunately common.
Honda and other major car manufacturers call back millions of vehicles each year, citing a wide range of defects that put people’s lives at risk. These recalls are often announced long after cars have left factory floors and been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Fortunately, car owners and lessors in California do not have to wait for a recall to get malfunctioning or defective vehicles repaired. The state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections.
The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. A carmaker who cannot or refuses to fix the problem is also required to buy the car back. That includes picking up the tab for the purchase price, as well as financing costs and other related expenses.
Although the company can instead offer to replace the vehicle, it is the owner or lessor’s choice to accept or refuse this alternative arrangement. A Los Angeles Lemon Law attorney can help you explore your rights and options.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner who has been stuck with a lemon or is locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.
Our offices are conveniently located in L.A., San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a Los Angeles lemon law attorney.