Buying a new vehicle is stressful enough, and the possibility of a defective part or a total recall can only make the idea more burdensome. It doesn’t have to. The first step is having a good idea of where to go and what to do if a recall does in fact take place. For the first year or two after a brand new vehicle is purchased, be sure to remain diligent about checking for news on recalls. Sometimes they don’t have anything to do with the auto manufacturer. Sometimes they’re an outside manufacturer. For example, the tire supplier might have alerted the general public to the defect. Here are some common Honda recalls and defects in the recent past.
As it happens, the Honda Civic is one of the most popular vehicles from the maker, and also one of the most often recalled. The 2016 Honda Civic had a defect that resulted in a malfunction to the electric parking brake directly after cutting the ignition to the off position. Without the brake, the vehicle could move and crash into unsuspecting pedestrians or other motorists.
Nearly the entire line of Honda Odyssey was affected by a recall. The 2011 to 2016 models of the Odyssey had a defect with the second row of outboard seats that could cause them to regain mobility even when in the locked position. If this were to happen during a car accident, the occupant could be injured.
If you haven’t been put in a situation where your call was recalled or a defective part was replaced, you might not know your options for similar situations that aren’t yet a matter of public record. If your car continually breaks down because of the same malfunctioning part and the vehicle can’t be used as a vehicle rightly should, then you probably have a lemon on your hands. If you haven’t yet had the car for a full year or driven 12,000 miles within that year, and the defect isn’t the result of negligence, then you should contact the manufacturer for repairs. If the car still isn’t fixed after a reasonable number of attempts, then you can return the vehicle for a refund or a new car.
Because of increasingly strict safety regulations, auto manufacturers are far more likely to order a recall if there is even the chance that a part might malfunction and lead to injury or death. That’s why your lemon might be part of a greater problem that should be made a part of public record. Even if it isn’t, you might be entitled to compensation depending on the circumstances of the case, and you should contact a certified lemon lawyer in order to make sure you’re aware of all the facts.