Honda named in class action lawsuit over use of soy based wiring

American Honda Motor Company

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Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (“Honda” or “Defendant”) on behalf of owners of 2012-2015 model year Honda vehicles (“Class Vehicles”) claiming the Class Vehicles are defective in material or workmanship in that their electrical wiring is coated with soy-based insulation–a type of insulation that Honda implemented relatively recently that is purportedly more environmentally friendly and less expensive than traditional electrical insulation.

Unbeknownst to Plaintiffs, however, a real and continuous unintended and undesired consequence of this soy-based insulation material is that it attracts rodents and other animals that are drawn by the soy content of the insulation, and proceed to chew through the insulation and electrical wires that the insulation coats.

Owners of the Class Vehicles, like Plaintiffs, are then left with a disabled or otherwise improperly functioning vehicle with an electrical system whose wiring has been chewed through.

Plaintiffs allege breach of express warranty, violations of the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2301, et .seq., and seek monetary and declaratory relief on behalf of a nationwide class.

Class Action Complaint

 

News Coverage: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Critters-Could-Be-Causing-You-Car-Problems-370726971.html

Ansley H. said
725 days ago
I just received my 2015 Honda Fit back from dealership. I live rat was found eating my fuel injection wires. I paid the bill as it was not covered by warranty.


Jane W. said
724 days ago
I just had my 2006 Honda Pilot determined a total loss by the insurance company due to the wiring being chewed by either rat or squirrel. I notice the article just says 2012-2016 Honda vehicles. Any way mine is related?


Dell C. said
719 days ago
I have 3 Honda from 2012-2016 ,one in 2012 the other one in 2013 and the last in 2015


Chris M. said
718 days ago
Had an issue with a 2012 RDX WERE SQUERALS ATE THROUGH AN ENTIRE WIRE HORNESS. VERYEXPENSIVE TO REPAIR.


Kimbery H. said
716 days ago
Yesterday paid 120 dollars for rodent chewing through my emissions wire. 2015 Fit. Dealership said it sees at least 10 rodent damage cars per month. Told me to use mothballs. This is WRONG


william w. said
709 days ago
2016 Nissan cats at wiring soy


Karen B. said
692 days ago
2012 Honda Fit--same thing. Chewed through the wiring harness and other wires. Very costly repair, plus I was without my car for over a month since the wiring harnesses were back ordered--due to this very problem.


John W. said
678 days ago
My 2015 Honda Odyssey just had an emissions wire chewed through. Honda said not warranted since not a manufacturing defect. Service technician said this is common problem.


Shyann H. said
648 days ago
2016 Honda HRV. Chewed through the wiring harness and other wires. Long Beach Honda have had car 3 mos.


Kelly L. said
621 days ago
My 2016 Civic EX's wiring harness was eaten over the weekend. This is my 7th Honda. I'm so disappointed. Confirmed with dealer yesterday that Honda Rodent Deterrent tape was not offered as an add-on or option when I purchased car. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/2-investigates/protect-your-car-rodents-eating-wires-in-newer-vehicles/242817925


Chris C. said
617 days ago
1600 to fix my 2013 odyssey called honda and dealer about this issue they claim they do not have any knowledge of this matter


Richard W. said
614 days ago
2012 Honda Civic. Rodent chewed through harness wiring. Car had less than 8k miles. Was still under warranty at time of damage but Honda wouldn't cover it!!


Marjorie P. said
604 days ago
2015 Honda CRV.. had to replace electrical harness at 3020 miles..... replaced again at 4434. Then had to replace windshield reservoir at 5045 miles from rodent damage. I had an 04 CRV rodents never bothered, parked in same spot before. Several vehicles are parked in the same area,., the mice target the 2015 Honda.... I have electronic devices under the car, lights, motion sensor lights plus poison plus 3 Rat Zappers under the Honda at night. Every morning the Rat Zappers have zapped mice under the Honda. 99' Toyota parked next to it zero....
I live in an agricultural area where rodent activity is common.... we have always had auto's and equipment in the yard.... nothing attracts them better than a Honda 2015.... !!


Michael K. said
596 days ago
I have the same issue on my 2016 Honda Accord. A rodent chewed through a wiring harness and the dealership wanted $420 to fix it. I was thankfully able to fix it myself by spicing the wires back together.


chris n. said
570 days ago
honda fit, 3 years old, wires chewed thru, rodent nest of paper strips nearby........repaired, wires reconnected, under warrantee for 3 more months, BUT......i still had to pay $270 out of pocket.......


Lenore L. said
563 days ago
I recently purchased a Honda Accord EXL (2012)


Donna C. said
563 days ago
I have the same problem with my 2006 Honda Ridgeline I have had the wires fixed 2 times. I also was told to use moth balls, rat poison which didn't help raised the hood to see if any poison had been eat and there was a fat rabbit sleeping on my battery. I used all kinds of spray ( fox urine) nothing helped until I got 2 outside cats....so far so good no more eaten wires, no thanks to Honda I was told Honda stopped using the soy coated wiring on the 2007 models but guess not??


Baron K. said
544 days ago
My 2015 Honda Civic "Airbag" indicator light on, service rep says animal chewed wiring. Repair price $1000.00 Wires coated with "Soy base material"
Honda knew this would cause buyers problems...


Brian R. said
536 days ago
2012 Honda Accord. Rodents ate the fuel line causing a gas leak. Obviously a dangerous situation. Repairs not covered by warranty.


Jody T. said
517 days ago
Just paid for rodent damage to fuel line of my 2014 Honda CR-V.


Jody T. said
517 days ago
Just paid for rodent damage to fuel line of my 2014 Honda CR-V.


Jody T. said
517 days ago
Just paid for rodent damage to fuel line of my 2014 Honda CR-V.


Jody T. said
517 days ago
Just paid for rodent damage to fuel line of my 2014 Honda CR-V.


Marjorie P. said
515 days ago
2015 Honda CR-V... Just over a year old now. Have had to repair it 4 times from rodent damage. The power steering is out again as of this last Sunday. Have to have it towed in AGAIN. So this time around it is times 5! Honda will not honor one thing about this whole deal.... customer satisfaction--I don't think so.


Erik G. said
495 days ago
2016 civic touring less than 4K miles just had vehicle towed today for wire harness being chewed through. Dealer said it will not be covered under warranty and cost to repair is over $400 and I'll be out of a car for the week.


Penny F. said
488 days ago
Just had issue with rodent, fuel line... i just bought a 2012 civic.. maybe I can get some money back in the class action lawsuit.


Penny F. said
488 days ago
Just had issue with rodent, fuel line... i just bought a 2012 civic.. maybe I can get some money back in the class action lawsuit.


Dianne B. said
475 days ago
I own a purchased February of 2015. My 2015 Honda Civic Ex had just repaired my car in September 2015. I am now having the same issue to repairs to the fuelmy car less than a year later if rodent eating fuel line. The second repair is more costly. I want to join the class action lawsuit. DB of tennessee


Jennifer F. said
473 days ago
We have a 2014 Honda Pilot. Started having trouble in May2016 with a $300 repair for a chewed through knock sensor. Then mid august started smelling gasoline in the cab, $900 repair for chewed through fuel line. Today we got the quote to fix the current problem, $2600!!!!!! This is ridiculous!


Diana T. said
450 days ago
Over $500 replacing wiring harness and the tubing for the windshield washer fluid on my 2014 CRV. I have tried everything - sonic devices, fox urine, peppermint oil, lysol spray, cayenne pepper. I found Honda's rodent tape online - not going to put myself through that - reviews say it doesn't work anyway and there's no way to put it on everything they might chew. I'm sitting on hold right now with Honda to see what they tell me. The only thing I've found that sort of works is leaving the hood up, but I live way out in the country and most people can't do that. Dealer swore he knew nothing about the issue, despite admitting they get a lot of repairs for this issue.


Arla M. said
432 days ago
Just paid $275.00 for rodent damage to my 2015 Honda civic EX. Chewed through the wiring harness to my EPS, power steering system.


Arla M. said
432 days ago
Just paid $275.00 for rodent damage to my 2015 Honda civic EX. Chewed through the wiring harness to my EPS, power steering system.


Philip P. said
431 days ago
My insurance company paid 1100 for damage to my 2012 honda ridgeline. I paid a $500 deductable. Am I eligible for the lawsuit?


Connor M. said
417 days ago
2016 Honda Civic, 4 months old, rodents chewed through the wiring harness - $400!!


Weiyuan L. said
404 days ago
I just found a rat chewed up my knock sensor wire and the dealer quote $540 to repair it. Found this site and think Honda should pay for it.


Paul T. said
370 days ago
I just paidvwell over $300 to repair rodent chew damage to my 2007 Honda Odyssey.


Maureen M. said
358 days ago
2010 Honda CR-V had rodent damage repaired and the rodents did the same thing two days later. I had to pay for the same repair twice.


Tom G. said
348 days ago
This just happened to our 2102 Odyssey -- we had a Check Engine light come on and our mechanic found that some wires on the harness were chewed through and mouse droppings throughout the engine. I googled this, and saw that this is common with these Hondas! Crazy!


said
347 days ago
My check engine light came on, we checked the car it had rat droppings in my 2004 Honda Pilot engine, called Honda they said it would be $50-$75 just for them to check it out. Took it to Auto zone to get the check engine light looked at and they said it was the wiring harness and knock censor. I just had to replace my ignition key lock in July 2016, after Honda had worked on my car I noticed it starting not to turn, that costed me over $500. Honda really needs to pay if they caused this.


Meredith G. said
333 days ago
Rats or mice chewed through the wire harness to the throttle and left me stranded by the side of the road in my 2012 CR-V. Had it towed to the dealer (over $100) and then paid over $400 to replace the harness which was not covered by warranty. Dealer said that the new Honda designs 'left more room and were more open than before' giving access to rodents. I live on a farm and can't park my car now in any structure.....my car has to be patrolled by feral cats.


David R. said
329 days ago
Our 2012 Honda Accord wiring harness was severely damaged by rats resulting in the need to replace it at a cost of almost $2000. While our car insurance covered all but the deductible, we were still left with the balance, the inconvenience and the fear that this could happen again at any time. While I am tempted to say that we would never consider purchasing another Honda vehicle due to their failure to take any responsibility at all for this issue, the use of soy based insulation appears to be common to many car manufacturers. At least Honda could have paid to have the dealership wrap the new wiring with rodent resistant tape when performing the repair. Nobody even let us know of the existence of rodent resistant tape! At minimum Honda should pay the replacement costs for the damage done as a result of the insulation it uses, and issue a recall to either replace or wrap vulnerable materials with rodent resistant tape.


Ashley L. said
323 days ago
I recently had to take my 2014 Honda Civic into the dealership because suddenly the steering wasn't working. It turns out the Power Steering Motor had "gone bad", but I was told that part could be replaced under warranty. After they put in the new motor, they noticed that rodents had chewed through the wiring which potentially caused the bad motor. I am now facing repairs up to $2000 to replace the entire Wiring Harness that Honda WILL NOT COVER. It is ridiculous that with countless similar cases existing, Honda refuses to reimburse or cover damages because of their negligence in installing soy-based wire covering. They really should do a recall or at the very least pay for repairs and the addition of rodent proof electrical tape. This is a SEVERE safety hazard that not only leads to expensive repair costs, but if not fixed, could potentially cause car fires or other mechanical failures if not dealt with properly.


Adrian V. said
308 days ago
Just had my Honda Fit repaired yesterday. Rodent damage, the little pest ate through my wiring. I believe it was my transmission cleaned. Cost repair.


Kristi . said
300 days ago
I have a 2016 Honda Civic Ex and in January 2017 my car was attacked by rats, had 1500.00 worth of damage, turned it into my ins had to pay by 500.00 deductible. In February 2017 rats got to my car yet again, the dealer said the damage wasn't as bad as the first time with 220.00 worth of damage. My car hasn't driven the same since this incident and i am afraid to drive the car and leave my car parked in my driveway now. Honda has really disappointed me with this and other issues.


Bruve B. said
281 days ago
We have a 2016 Honda Fit EX, which has had the wiring chewed by rodents, says the dealership. Honda America will NOT cover repair under warranty. Our comprehensive insurance carries a $500.00 deductable. From what I read this may not be the last tine this happens. Honda has known about this for years.


Bruve B. said
281 days ago
We have a 2016 Honda Fit EX, which has had the wiring chewed by rodents, says the dealership. Honda America will NOT cover repair under warranty. Our comprehensive insurance carries a $500.00 deductable. From what I read this may not be the last tine this happens. Honda has known about this for years.


Craig C. said
281 days ago
My 2017 Honda Civic with only 500 miles had the engine harness chewed by a rodent resulting in a $1,400 repair bill. No warranty coverage, had to pay $500 deductible after my insurance covered the rest. No mention by the dealer that this was an issue with the wiring insulation.


Stacy F. said
257 days ago
I have a 2016 Honda Pilot that I've had for 9 months, it is currently in Honda services with over $1500 worth of damages to harness and wiring. This is not the first time I've had issues with electrical work on this SUV either. This is the 5th time it has been into the service department.


Kathleen V. said
250 days ago
I have a 2006 Honda CRV. Last year the wires were chewed and my A/C didn't work. Now they are chewed even more. It's a wonder anything works.


Kathleen V. said
250 days ago
I have a 2006 Honda CRV. Last year the wires were chewed and my A/C didn't work. This year they're chewed again. By the looks of things, it's a wonder anything works.


Diane Y. said
240 days ago
In February 2017, I tried to start my car to go home and all of the indicator lights on the dashboard came on! Somehow we got it to the Honda dealership and they notified me the next day that most of the electrical wiring had been chewed by rodents (it was squirrels). I had to pay a $500 Insurance deductible and the final cost of the repairs was around $6000. I don't know why insurance companies don't sue Honda for the amount of claims they have to pay out for the repair of cars with this type of damages. Two other individuals at my workplace had similar damages - one in Dec. 2016 at $12,000 and the other the week after me for $5,000. I had Honda put the rodent tape on all of the wiring that they replaced in my car!


michael k. said
234 days ago
Same issue with a 2014 accord. The dealership will fix for $700 or replace for $1400.


Michael K. said
233 days ago
See Above


Patrick L. said
228 days ago
My 2015 Honda CRV lost its power steering and the power steering dash light was on, we took it to our dealer and they found that a rodent had eaten the soy insulation and wires to the power steering. This is a safety issue Honda should issue a recall!


david r. said
197 days ago
I have a 2014 Honda odyssey that just paid to have a wire replaced on my knock sensor where rat ate the cover off wire . had 40000 miles with a 60000 mile warranty.


Bonnie K. said
189 days ago
My mother's 2013 Honda CR-V has been hit twice this year already to the tune of $600+ dollars. The first time was when we were going to the hospital for her first cataract surgery. Thank goodness it happened in the yard and not on the road-the car was completely unable to be steered.


gayla c. said
157 days ago
I had the same problem with my 2015 Honda Civic, rodents eating my wiring because the casing is soy based, it cost me out of pocket 1300.00 $ I could not afford that so my car insurance paid for it to be fixed, minus 500.00. It was not covered under my warranty and I only had 12456 miles on my car. It was devastating since I am 61 years old and alone to pay for these repairs.


david W. said
153 days ago
having same issue


Harry W. said
116 days ago
The EPS wiring harness on my 2014 CR-V was chewed by rodents and cost me about $300 to repair. The dealership made a big deal about wrapping the wiring in rodent-resistant tape. Now, two weeks later the same problem has occurred. I guess the thing will have to sit since I can't afford to get it fixed at this time.


Peggy H. said
115 days ago
Rats were living under my intake manifold, they had made a nest there & had chewed through my knock sensor wiring & plug, I had ro replace the sensor, wiring, & plug. Repairs were over $300 which I had to pay out of pocket be ause of the soy based insulation on my 2010 Honda Accord!


Robert J. said
109 days ago
last fall, I had to pay $250 to have wires repaired die to rodent damage. With all of the others having this problem, it is hard to understand why Honda does not show its colors with this problem.


Sandra K. said
107 days ago
I had to replace the windshield wiper tubing because a rodent had chewed through it.


Lisa W. said
81 days ago
Have my Honda Ridgeline in shop 2nd time in 2 weeks with chewed wires. First time shorted out my computer board.


Deborah T. said
80 days ago
My speedometer quit working on my 2015 CRV. The dealership says rodent damage to the tune of $3000. Insurance might cover with a $500 deductible.


Deborah T. said
80 days ago
My speedometer quit working on my 2015 CRV. The dealership says rodent damage to the tune of $3000. Insurance might cover with a $500 deductible.


Rachelle H. said
78 days ago
I have the same issue with rodents chewing my engine with pictures it chewed the insolation too!!!!


James E. said
74 days ago
A squirrel or similar animal got into our garage while we were away for the day and chewed the wiring harness on my wife's 2015 Honda Accord. $450 worth of damage.


Genelle R. said
68 days ago
I just dropped my car off at the dealership my 2017 Honda CRV Touring because it was hard to start and all my sensors went off saying there was a problem. I got a call today and was advised that a rat had chewed through my engine witre harness and it was not covered under the warrenty. I have only had this vehicle for three months and brought brand new. I was told that my cost will be 1600.00. I think this should be covered under warranty if this is a known issue.


Karen M. said
64 days ago
I have had the same rodent issue happen twice within a 10 month span. The first time, because of other "issues" Honda footed the bill. The second time, just 2 weeks ago, I had to foot the bill to the tune of $2100. My car insurance paid most of it, but I had to pay $500. deductible. Would like to be involved in this class action suit to recover my money.


Scott W. said
63 days ago
I just had to have the knock-sensor sub-harness replaced due to rodents. The wire (what remained of it) had a picture of a mouse on it with an "X". It did not deter the mouse. Sense many parts had to be removed to replace this wire, I followed the advice and replaced the knock sensor as well.

2011 Honda Pilot.

Regards,
Scott W.


Saw A. said
53 days ago
My 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring with less than 5,000 miles on it and got Rodent chewed up my gas line that cost me over $2,000 to fix it and my car is still in the Honda dealer service shop for waiting for parts to replace the damage. Honda needs to cover this under warranty.
Regards,
Saw Aung


Lisa B. said
21 days ago
I just had the same thing, rodent ate through the wiring harness of power steering, not coveted by extended warranty on 2016 Honda civic


Jean-Marc L. said
18 days ago
We have a 2017 Honda Civic that had to be towed to the dealership after a rodent chewed the wiring, and engine strapping, and killed a cylinder. Our car is still at the dealership as we are waiting for parts to come in so the work can be done. Not something you expect with a 7month old car!


Sally H. said
2 days ago
4th time wires have been chewed in my 2016 Honda HRV rude responses from Vatland Honda dealership The car is leased and I don’t want to have to drive it any longer, Also do I have to use a Honda dealer for repairs since they do not cover it under warranty and are outrageously overpriced? Vero Beach Fl

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