Honda settles class-action lawsuit over premature brake wear


There have been numerous reports regarding the premature brake wear on the new Honda Accords and Acura TSXs, and still Honda does not admit to the defect.  As an owner of the 2008 Honda Accord myself, I had experienced the premature rear brake wear problem. After 17,000 miles, I noticed my brakes were squealing. When I took my car to a mechanic for a check up, he found out that the whole rear brakes were worn to metal. How could this be, I had only 17,000 miles on my car? It cost me $150 to change the rear brakes and left with a feeling of disgust in my stomach that Honda doesn’t cover it under its warranty; Honda claims that it is normal wear and tear. Rear brakes wear out at 17,000 miles is not normal, it should last up to at least 50,000 miles on an average.

Anyway, during the discussion with the Honda mechanic, he told me that the Honda VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) system is constantly turning on the ABS (anti-lock braking system), which causes the rear brakes to wear prematurely on most new Honda models.

If you were the owner of the 2008 -up Honda Accord or Acura TSX, there is good news about the premature rear brake wear problem. Honda has agreed to settle a class-action suit that claims the rear brakes in 750,000 late model Accords and Acura TSXs are wearing out more than twice as fast as they should.

The lawsuit will cover 2008–2009 Accords and 2009 Acura TSXs as well as a small number of 2010 models. The suit says the rear pads wear out in 15,000-20,000 miles when they should last at about 70,000 miles, that Honda has refused to provide repairs under the new-car warranty and failed to warn new buyers that the rear brakes would require such frequent repairs.

Owners who have already gotten their brakes done will receive one half of the cost of repairs, or a maximum of $125, whichever is less. The owners in question will also receive $150 towards the cost of a set of new rear brake pads that Honda says will last longer than the units being replaced.

Personally, I think Honda should pay the full amount for the repairing cost. After all, it is Honda who sold us the cars that came with the defective part, and not admitting of its fault until we took “them” to court. This is to show how unscrupulously the Honda Motor Company deals with its customers. This will be my last Honda that I will ever buy, period.

Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is scheduled in May to consider whether the settlement is fair to owners and deserves preliminary approval, and the final approval is expected to be later of this year.

Source The New York Times