American Honda Motor Company is recalling more than 60,000 vehicles suffering from improperly coated brake pistons.
The Torrance, California-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Nov. 1, 2018 they will recall 64,785 2016-2018 Honda HR-V, 2017-2019 Acura MDX, 2017-2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and 2018 Honda Odyssey vehicles built between Feb. 16, 2016 and Sept. 4, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain rear brake caliper pistons that lack sufficient coating. This lets gas pockets form within the brake system, degrading their performance. This diminished braking ability throws the vehicles out of compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards regarding braking systems.
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Rear brake caliper supplier TRW Delpas of Santa Rosa Jauregui, Mexico notified Honda in July 2018 about “quality issues affecting some of its products,” prompting Honda’s investigation.
Honda eventually determined a sub-supplier’s manufacturing process improperly trapped high levels of hydrogen on the brake piston during surface plating, adversely affecting the tempering process. Honda’s investigation continued throughout October, and after determining the affected vehicle range the company decided to conduct a safety recall.
Owners will be notified, and Honda or Acura dealers will bleed the brakes for free. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are C31 and L30. Owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website, and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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