Trial scheduled for August 22, 2023
Nature of the Case
This case is a class action lawsuit in which one or more persons called class representatives sue on behalf of persons who may have the same claim. The Court has certified the three classes set forth here and if you are a Class Member your rights may be affected.
The lawsuit alleges that American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (“Defendants” or “Honda”) manufactured Class Vehicles with a variable valve timing control (“VTC”) actuator prone to rattle briefly at cold startup. Plaintiffs further allege Defendants were aware of the alleged defect at the time of sale and that it poses a safety hazard.
The Court has not decided whether Honda did anything wrong, and Honda denies Plaintiffs’ allegations and specifically denies any Class Vehicle is defective or subject to a potential safety hazard. The case is continuing. To date, there has been no recovery for the Class, and there is no guarantee there will be.
This case is currently pending before Judge William H. Alsup in the The United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit is known as Mary Quackenbush, et al. v. American Honda Motor Company, Inc., et al., Civil Case No. 3:20-cv-05599-WHA.
Am I in a Class?
The Class Vehicles are: 2012 Honda Accords with an L4 engine, 2012-2014 Honda CR-Vs with a 2.4-liter engine, and 2012-2015 Honda Crosstours with an L4 engine.
You are a member of the Illinois New and Used Purchaser Class if you are a current owner of a new or used Class Vehicle (defined above) who purchased your Class Vehicle equipped with VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01 from an authorized Honda dealer in Illinois, or a former owner of the same who resold (or traded it in) to an authorized Honda dealer in Illinois. No member of a repair Class (described below) shall be a member of this Class. This Class also excludes any purchaser who has received a 14310-R5A-305 (“Model R5A”) replacement actuator free of charge. Update: On January 13, 2023, the Court granted the Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on the Illinois New and Used Purchaser Class’s claims, dismissing those claims from the case.
You are a member of the Illinois Repair Class if you purchased a new or used Class Vehicle equipped with VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01 from an authorized Honda dealer in Illinois and paid to have the VTC actuator repaired by an authorized Honda dealer in Illinois.
You are a member of the California Repair Class if you purchased a new or used Class Vehicle equipped with VTC actuator 14310-R44-A01 from an authorized Honda dealer in California and paid to have the VTC actuator repaired by an authorized Honda dealer in California.
Your Legal Rights and Options:
The deadline to request to be excluded from the Class was November 17, 2022.
Your legal rights and options in this lawsuit are summarized below.
Option and Deadline
Your Legal Rights
|You are automatically part of the Class if you satisfy any of the three Class definitions set forth here.|
|You may request to be excluded from the Class. This is also referred to as “opting out.” If you request to be excluded, you will not be part of the case and you will not be entitled to share in the proceeds of any potential settlement or judgment. If you wish to be excluded, you must send the enclosed “Request to be Excluded” form by November 17, 2022 to the address listed below:
VTC Class Action Notice Administrator
If you decide you do not want to participate in the Class Action and you do not make a timely request for exclusion as described above, you will still be bound by any judgment.