Consumers File Suit Against Honda for Sidelite Defect
February 10, 2012

by Katie O'Mara,

Two consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against American Honda Motor Co., Inc., claiming that the window regulator in certain Honda vehicles is defective and results in the sidelite falling into the door frame or becoming stuck in the fully-open position.

Phyllis Grodzitsky of California, owner of a Honda Odyssey, and Jeremy Bordelon of Tennessee, owner of a Honda Element, allege that they reported repeated failures of window regulators in their vehicles. Grodsitsky further claims that she contacted her local Honda service manager and claims she was told, “all [Honda Odysseys] have that problem.”

“Honda knew of the window regulator defect, yet failed to disclose and concealed the defect from class members and the public and Honda continued to market and misrepresent the class vehicles as ‘reliable’ and ‘durable’ vehicles, which they are not,” reads the complaint.

The vehicle models in question include the Honda Odyssey, Pilot, Element, Accord, CR-V, Civic and Acura MDX between the years of 1994-2007.

The plaintiffs are requesting the court grant a trial by jury.

Honda officials had not responded to requests for comment at press time.

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