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.
Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi drivers have complained of numerous electrical issues and failures caused by a variety of vermin gnawing, chewing and ultimately eating through the electrical wires powering these cars. Upon information and belief the manufacturers of these vehicles use soy based sheathing on the electrical wires that attracts a wide variety of vermin such as mice, rodents, rats, squirrels and even animals as large as possums. Depending on the wires that are damaged, this may lead to a variety of problems resulting in hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs. In addition to the effect on a variety of electrical systems, which itself poses a safety hazard to drivers and vehicle occupants, these animals may carry disease and therefore pose an additional health hazard by their presence in vehicles.
Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi manufacturers are manifestly aware that use of an organic based sheathing on wiring components has attracted a variety of vermin, and caused hundreds, if not thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to affected vehicles. Despite this knowledge, manufacturers have refused to accept responsibility for the damage and routinely reject consumer claims both in and out of warranty, placing the onus of the entire bill on the car owners.
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