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 |  Feb 10 2012, 1:02 PM

A group of angry customers filed a class action lawsuit against Honda because they say the company manufactured and sold vehicles with defective window mechanisms.

“The right passenger side window fell into the door of my 2002 Honda Odyssey LX in September 2011. It was a startling, loud sound that jolted me,” plaintiff Phyllis Grodzitsky of San Diego said. “I lost use of my Odyssey for two days and it cost over $400 to fix the window. I made a complaint to Honda. Honda said there is no recall for the window systems on my vehicle. I feel that arrogance by a large corporation in response to a safety issue is unacceptable in this day and age.”

The suit claims such a defect poses a hazard to drivers and passengers nationwide. The vehicles said to be affected  include Honda Odyssey (pictured above), Pilot, Element, Accord, CR-V, Civic and Acura MDX models from years 1994 to 2007.

According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, there is a defective piece of plastic that is meant to keep the windows in place while the window motor operates. Their claim suggests that piece of plastic breaks under normal operating conditions, causing the defect Grodzitsky described above.

The lawsuit is being filed against Honda by two disgruntled owners who apparently have gone through repeated repairs in an attempt to fix the same issue.

They may need a good bit of luck and patience to win this, though. Power windows in decade-old cars fail routinely and it’s not outrageous to think that after 10 years of weather and friction that such a part may fail. Honda has a crack-team of vicious lawyers who deal with cases like these as if they were insects.

Cases like these also rarely render significant compensation for the plaintiffs. A woman recently took Honda to small claims court over lower-than-expected mileage in her Civic hybrid. She chose that route because even when won, class action suits often offer little more than a coupon for cheaper repairs and minor monetary compensation.

We’ll keep an eye on the case and let you know how it progresses. What are your thoughts? Tell us below.


 |  Sep 22 2011, 6:00 PM

It’s an absolute beast of an engine. Generating some 525 horsepower in its current form, Mercedes-Benz’s  M156 6.2-liter V8, developed built by AMG has transformed some of the brand’s regular offerings into pavement eating road warriors. Cars such as the C63 and E63 AMG have become modern legends thanks to the incredible performance offered by this monster motor.

However for all it’s rip snorting ability and melodious sound, the 6.2 has recently come under flack in New Jersey, as a class-action lawsuit has been filed in the Garden State’s District Court.

The suit centers around premature wear on the engine’s internal components, particularly on the nodular cast-iron camshafts and 9310-grade steel valves. Plaintiffs complain that due to inadequate heat treating of components and incorrect offsets, engine failure is a common problem with the 6.2. To make matters worse, plaintiffs cite the fact that Mercedes and AMG have known about these issues since 2007 when the automaker issued a technical service bulletin to deal with the problem.

At present no actual trial date has been set, nor has any information been released regarding the number of 6.2-liter V8s ‘affected’ by this problem. Still, it will be interesting to see what further developments arise in this case and if a recall is issued covering Mercedes models powered by these ‘defective’ engines. For more information on the lawsuit, click on the link below:

[Source Benz Boost]