Honda Hit with Class Action Suit

By Staff Writer March 25, 2021

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued an order granting class certification in Lindsay Aberin, et al., v. American Honda Motor Company Inc., which alleges that Honda failed to disclose a defect in its “HandsFreeLink” Bluetooth calling system, offered in Acura vehicles.  

“Now that this case is certified as a class action, we are one step closer to compensating Acura owners for their purchase of cars with a known defect—for which they each paid thousands of dollars more than they should have. We look forward to getting this case to trial,” said Seeger Weiss LLP cofounder Christopher A. Seeger, who was appointed class counsel—along with James E. Cecchi of Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody & Angello, P.C.—in Judge Tigar’s order.

Starting with the 2004 Acura TL, Honda began to roll out a new feature in select Acura vehicles: a “HandsFreeLink” (HFL) Bluetooth pairing device that made it possible for drivers to place and receive hands-free cell phone calls. Honda adopted this technology early and heavily marketed the HFL system in its Acura ad campaigns.

The suit seeks damages that calculate the accelerated depreciation of each vehicle over its economic lifespan—up to $2,100 per car, over $1.1 billion in total. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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