Honda Civic tire wear class action settlement

Honda Motor Co. has reached a class action settlement over claims that some of its vehicles excessively burned oil, causing engine misfiring and premature spark plug degradation. If you purchased a  2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2008-2013 Honda Odyssey, 2009-2013 Honda Pilot, 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour or 2012 Honda Crosstour equipped with a 6-cylinder engine with Variable Cylinder Management (“VCM-2”), you could be eligible to receive compensation for repairs or a warranty extension.

The Honda engine misfire settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit (Soto, et al. v. Honda Motor Co. Inc.) alleging that Honda manufactured more than 1.5 million defective vehicles that excessively burned oil.

Honda has denied the allegations in the class action lawsuit. The parties agree that there are no safety concerns with the vehicles named in the litigation. Honda agreed to the class action settlement in order to avoid the costs of a trial. The proposed class action settlement was preliminarily approved by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on Oct. 9, 2013.

To receive full compensation for your vehicle repairs, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form with a copy of an original repair invoice or receipt plus proof of payments for repairs or replacement of parts on a Settlement Class Vehicle by April 10, 2014. Class Members do not need to take any action to obtain the warranty extension, which will cover repairs for the affected vehicles within eight years of the original purchase or lease date of the vehicle, with no mileage limitation.

Who’s Eligible

Class Members of the Honda engine defect class action settlement include all current and former owners or lessees of one or more of the following Honda vehicles equipped with a 6-cylinder engine with Variable Cylinder Management (“VCM-2”), purchased or leased in the United States:

  • 2008-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2008-2013 Honda Odyssey
  • 2009-2013 Honda Pilot
  • 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2012 Honda Crosstour
Potential Award

Full reimbursement of your out-of-pocket repair expenses, plus a Warranty Extension.

Claim Form Deadline

4/10/14

Case Name

Alex Soto, et al. v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-01377-SI, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Final Hearing

3/21/14

 

UPDATE: A federal judge granted final approval to the Honda engine misfire class action settlement at the Final Fairness Hearing.

Claims Administrator

Rust Consulting
Soto Class Action Settlement
P.O. Box 2722
Torrance, CA 90509
1-888-888-3082

Class Counsel

Steven N. Berk
Matthew Bonness
BERK LAW PLLC

Beth E. Terrell
TERRELL MARSHALL DAUDT & WILLIE PLLC

Michael F. Ram
RAM, OLSON, CEREGHINO & KOPCZYNSKI

Lawrence Deutsch
Shanon Carson
Eugene Tompkins

Defense Counsel

Michael L. Mallow
LOEB & LOEB LLP

UPDATE: Reimbursements from the Honda Engine Misfire Class Action Settlement were mailed July 14, 2014. A second wave of checks will go out this Fall, according to the Settlement Administrator. If you get a check, let us know!

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49 Comments

  • j November 8, 2013

    2008 accord exl v-6 w/30k miles purchased 2009 w/8k miles. since day one vibration @ idle when cod, 95% less when warmed. santa monica dealer (purchased from) service stated it was normal back in 2009 (service told me they adjusted valves, tried swapping coil/plug, check vacuum leak,…). as of summer 2013 vibration has gotten less (70-90% – does vibrate every now and then only when cold, still very small vibration is felt at idle even when warm). does not burn oil nor any codes.

  • Julio NYC November 10, 2013

    I have not had any misfire codes come up on my car Yet?
    2009 V6 with 68 k . I would like to know if the dealer would do any preventive maintenance on my car to avoid this problem?
    Or do I have to wait for codes to come up,I will ask on my next service
    I will check my oil more often to see if I am burning oil?…
    This really stinks to wait for these codes to eventually appear ,I hope I am still under that extended warranty when the appear!

  • John V November 12, 2013

    2008 Accord E-XL 100K miles. I bring in my car in between 3K and 3.5K miles for a oil change and was told this past saturday I was low on oil. I was told by the service desk that I should add a quart of oil to my car between oil changes. This is what I get from a “certified” Honda Tech that I need to add oil to my 2008 Honda Accord. I’m pretty sure that everyone who has dealt with a Honda Service person has has the same story. They are all aware that this is a Huge Honda Problem. Has anybody had any luck with this lawsuit?

    • Ken March 6, 2014

      I have the exact same model and the exact same problem. When I took them to task about it, they backed off their initial stance that it was going to cost me around $6000 to repair. I wasn’t going for that crap, especially when I overheard the service manager talking about this defect two years ago. They advised it was from the oil getting into the combustion chamber just like the V6′s. They then agreed to clean the heads and install a new software program that is supposed to be a solution. We will see. In the mean time, Honda just lost a loyal customer.

  • Dusty D November 15, 2013

    Lawsuit ? I have a new 2013 Pilot with 5000 miles , have had no problems yet , Do I sign up for this class action to offset future costs ? Or is this only for people that have had problems ? Sounds like I should trade it in for 2014 ? Or do they have the same issues. Thanks

  • KB November 15, 2013

    I have a 2012 Honda Accord V6 it has 38000 miles on it and I have had it in the shop twice for cylinder #2 misfiring. I took it to the Honda dealer and they replaced the spark plug and now they are telling me that there is a kit that has to be order and put in my car. I have not had any out of pocket expense to date. So my question is do I need to sign up for this class action suit?

  • Sylvia Mathis November 17, 2013

    I have been experiencing recently these things…misfire of spark plugs…engine not running smoothly. It is a 2010 Honda Accord EXL.

    This causes me anxiety on the road as I am a single white female…62 years of age.
    Thank you,

    “Sylvia” Mathis

  • INDER S. RANGI, November 18, 2013

    I FEEL A SUDDEN JERK AT HIGHWAY SPEED 60 OR SO. CAN IT BE BY MIS FIRE. HOW DO I FIND IT BURNS EXCESS OIL?

  • Phyllis Piesco November 18, 2013

    We did’t have to pay out of pocket expense because it was under warranty. We did incurred expenses for towing and twice for car rentals. We have had trouble with that car from day of purchase. Three Honda Dealerships told us there is a problem with the engine. We should be able to be included in this lawsuit.
    Thank you.

  • Kenneth S. Wong November 19, 2013

    Good day
    RE: 18440_15
    Case 3:12-cv-1377-SI

    I received your claim for repairs for my 2009 Honda Odyssey Touring vehicle, however, i have not had any previous claims yet.

    I just want to ensure that if i donothing, that a warranty extension will automatically be in force, protecting my vehicle for a period of time. What is this new warranty and its expiration date? Thanks. 347-427-1700 (H)

  • Cheryl Morrison November 20, 2013

    I have had misfire and jerking but the salesman told me that it was normal with ESO so how will I be able to get the extended warranty in the event my problems are just beginning. My car has 36350 now and is out of the factory warranty. Can I file to get the extended warranty.

  • Bryan Narcisse November 20, 2013

    I have not received the settlement notice. I own a 2010 Honda Accord with a VCM-2 V-6 that I had to bring to Honda due to misfires, a check engine light (code P0304 was read), and excessive oil burning. Oil consumption readings show it’s burning a half of a quart per 1,000 miles which is within industry standard. Booo! Not really fair. I bought this car because I thought it would be dependable and worry free but I have to worry about maintaining oil levels. What happened to the 7,500 miles I’ve been duped into believing I would get between oil changes? Is 1 and a half quarts of oil enough oil for the car to run properly? I know I’m supposed to check the oil levels at gas fill ups but I’d have to add oil at every gasoline fill up at this rate. Oil is not cheap these days. That fact increases the cost of operating the car much more than what was projected when I purchased the car which in my eyes, further decreases the value of the car.
    I was not offered to a ring job to repair my car, which is what I believe the car needs to stop the excessive oil burning, but the spark plugs were changed. A $699.95 valve adjustment was recommended at my expense. Even though I purchased an extended warranty for the car, which my cars milage is well within, I had to pay $42.71 out of pocket for the oil change to begin the oil consumption readings. My spark plugs were not changed until my Honda Automobile Customer Representative, Yefri Lopez, approved the replacement. In all fairness, I must note this did occur before the settlement was reached. I still beleive this should have been covered by my extended warranty. A Honda service representative (Bryan McNutt) at the Concord Honda dealership, said that the new spark plugs have helped alleviate the oil burning problem since now my car seems to be burning only 1/3 of a quart of oil per 1,000 miles now.

    :-/
    Really?

    I’ve invested at least 9 dealership visits and several hours of work missed, my car is still not properly repaired to avoid this misfiring issue.

    Hopefully I can get it adequately repaired by Honda now with the backing of the warranty extention settlement.

    • kris December 20, 2013

      I traded in my 2008 accord V6 for a 2011 accord 4 cycl because of the problem with misfire and oil consumption in the v6. Have not had any problems with the 4 speed, does not burn any oil! I was stranded several times with it misfiring so bad that I did not feel comfortable driving it, several complaints to Honda and no answers so I got rid of it – Best thing I did!

  • brandon November 20, 2013

    I would like advice on how I should proceed following this lawsuit. Should I file for the reimbursement and extended warranty, or should I sue?

    You need to “prove” that your car is burning more than a qt in 1000 miles. Ingenuity is key here. They will tell you that you need a timing belt. Tell them they’re are required by the manufacture to replace this if they take it out. If they refuse to cover it, the class action should reimburse you. They will replace the short block if you can prove that your car is burning more than a qt of oil in 1000 miles. This should not be difficult to do if you know how to “burn” excessive amounts of oil.

  • David M. Speichinger November 30, 2013

    I have a 2012 accord with 58,000 miles and it has been in the shop 2 times for engine misfire on #2 cylinder.They changed the spark plug both times ! Then a month ago I took it in for the same problem and also my warranty was up! They put in a new short block it only took 2 days ! I paid nothing and they gave me a car to drive for the 2 days ! So far it’s been running fine!

    • Mike January 15, 2014

      I’m the second owner of a 2008 Honda Accord Sedan EXL v6.We purchased from the original owner @ 103k.We too noticed oil consumption,1/2 to 3/4 qt of oil,500 miles+-.We are currently in the process of an oil consumption test @ Sunset Honda,San luis Obispo,Ca..Did your Honda dealership relent with your persistent questioning of oil consumption?What exactly did you do to get your short block replaced? Thanks! Mike

  • James Parks November 30, 2013

    My 2010 Crosstour at 38,000 miles has had no problems. I’m wondering, how many vehicles have had this misfire problem? How likely is it to occur? Once repaired, how likely is it to happen again?

  • Sara December 3, 2013

    I have a 2012 Honda Crosstour and each time I have had it to the shop for a oil change I told the service manager that after I have come to a complete stop then go thru a intersection I have a hesitation was told by the service manager that it was due from slowing down then speeding up??? I said I do not believe so

    • Zane December 20, 2013

      I had a hesitation problem with my 2011 Accord, V-6, but it turned out to be a result of my driving habit of using
      my left foot for the brake and right foot for the accelerator. There is a safety feature that shuts down the engine if you barely depress the brake pedal, which I was unknowingly doing with my left foot sometimes. Hope your problem is a simple as mine was.

  • Bryan Narcisse December 5, 2013

    I recently brought my car in for the last Oil consumption reading and it was found that the engine burned at least 2 quarts in less than 1200 miles. The dealership set me up with a rental car on 11/26/13 when the excessive oil burn was found. I called them the next day and they said parts (rings) are on back order and I won’t get my car back for about a week. It sounds like they are doing a ring replacement instead of replacing the short block as others have stated has been done to repair their cars. They also diagnosed the car with misfires due to fouled spark plugs. A check engine light (code P0304 was read).

    What is the correct repair for this problem?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Dan December 16, 2013

    What about those of us who have 4-cylinder engines?

  • Donnell December 16, 2013

    I own a 2008 Honda Accord 4cyl and it is doing the same thing the V6 Accords are doing, burning oil and I just had to have my spark plugs replaced paid for out of my pocket. Is this cover as well? If not, why not?

    • Dwahza Barnard February 25, 2014

      I’m having the same issue with my 2008 Honda Accord 4-cylinder. Please let me know if you have heard anything back. I called the number provided by the Class Action Suit and was informed that the 4-Cylinder is not apart of the lawsuit.

  • Chikieu Nguyen December 21, 2013

    I have 2008 Honda Accord, it burn the oil like crazy, i have to keep an eye on it all the time and fill the oil at least 1 litter every week. This is unacceptable, if Honda manuafacturing do not deal with this problem, i will not buy any Honda again. This is my first and also last Honda vehicle.

  • Kathleen December 21, 2013

    I have a 2009 Honda Accord that is a 4 cylinder. I started burning 2 quarts of oil between oil changes and took it to the dealer. They told me 1 quart per 1000 miles was normal. I took it for an oil consumption test which they said would be two times. It was down 2 quarts the first time and only .5 quart the second time. I thought that was fishy and really thought it when they told me that I had to have a total of 4 now (they would take an average). At the third one I was down only .5 quart again (fishy). I went about two weeks later to get a new battery and the guy at the local place (not the dealer) said that the oil was overfilled. It was starting to make sense to me then. I went for the final test and before I went – I took it to my local place and had them check it first. It was down a quart. Lo and behold 30 minutes later at the dealer it was only down .5 quart and my engine was deemed to be okay and passed the engine consumption test. Went immediately back to my local place and it was down .5 quart. I immediately called and spoke to the service manager at the dealer. I told them that it had been overfilled and that I had it checked both before and after their checks and know there is a Class Action Suit and that they fudged the numbers to make it not need the fix. He initially tried to say that people can read the dipstick differently but then told me that he would call the field agent. He called me back a few days later and I was approved for the fix. They changed rings, gaskets, nuts, bolts, and pistons all covered under warranty. They get paid from Honda so why do they try and not let it meet the criteria??? Hard to trust them now!!

  • Robin December 31, 2013

    I have an 08 Honda Accord. I am having to constantly put oil in it. My mechanic stated that blue smoke comes out the exhaust as a result of the engine burning oil. It also has a grinding sound when I first cold start it after it sits for hours at a time. I am truly concerned about the oil/engine problem. Can anyone give me any advice?

  • Mary January 16, 2014

    I have a 2008 Honda Accord 4 cylinder using excessive oil and has been pretty much since it was purchased. The dealership and maintenance crew did not show any concern about this, I figured I was just going to have take the lose and buy a new car. I had my oil changed and 4 weeks later my car did not register any oil on the oil dip stick so this is effecting more then the V6 Honda Accords because mine is a 4 cylinder. My question is where is all this oil going? I show no oil stains in my driveway and no smoke coming out of my car and no sign of oil on the engine. Can some one help me with being a part of this class action suit?

  • Judy Gilleland January 28, 2014

    What about the FIT??? I bought a 2007 Honda Fit; I have had to change the spark plugs so many times I’ve lost count. First one, then the other. Now that it is out of warranty (I bout the 100k or 7 year warranty); I’m going to have to pay for those spark plugs! Honda are you listening?

  • Jesse Figuried February 1, 2014

    Bought a 2009 Accord 4 Cylinder and I’m having to put quite a bit of oil in too. Nearly a quart a already and haven’t even done the first oil change yet. Why are the 6cyl’s only covered and not the 4cycl’s as well??? After reading through these threads it seems there are quite a few people having issues with the 4′s as well. Mine also makes a high idle rough sound upon starting cold and always wait for it to drop down in idle before taking off. Pretty stupid for a vehicle only a few years old. I’m a HUGE HONDA FAN but I’ll promise you one thing, if it starts going down hill from here they are in big trouble cause I’ll switch to something else like Toyota in a heartbeat…I think others will follow as well if Honda is being dirty with this little secret of theirs; apparently a bunch of secrets now.

    • Susan February 3, 2014

      Hi Jesse, I have a 2009 also, manual transmission. Document everything, bring it back to the dealer and have them check your oil every 1000 miles. DO NOT let them check it without you there. Wait until the engine is cool. The 6cyl refers to the Crosstour only. I went to my dealeship with all the documentation of what I was finding online, the lawsuit had not been settled yet. Now that it is, my dealership was given permission from HONDA to take the car in and fix it next week. I started out with 1 quart every 2500 miles right out of the car lot, 2 years later it’s a quart or more every 1000 miles. I will be calling to find out how I can get my car covered for another 4 years. The “fix” isn’t a guarantee either.

    • Eric February 14, 2014

      Jesse, I have a 2008 4 cylinder and have been dealing with the oil buring for over 2 years. My dealer also has performed the consumption test and takes it in the back where the run the test which they tell me is more involved than just the “dipstick”. I have been a loyal Honda owner but will never buy another as they have not backed up their product or admitted there is a problem. Same issue with rear brakes on the car, I didn’t find out there was a problem until i recieved a Class Action Notice. My dealer just claimed it was normal wear at 20,000 miles which seemed odd that the rear went before the front. Honda is now below Kia in my book. I wll buy U.S. next car for sure……

  • Sandy February 4, 2014

    I have a 4 cylinder 2010 Accord EX-L that is also burning oil, and I am getting the runaround from the local Honda dealership about getting it repaired. I have brought it in twice for it burning oil, and they have overfilled it so it looks like it is not low when I check it again. I want to know why only the V6 vehicles are included in this settlement and not the 4 cylinders? We are all having the same issue!

  • homer February 7, 2014

    I drive a 2012 Pilot… very low miles. What is the symptoms of this ‘misfire’? I do have a ‘shudder’ at steady speeds on flat roads which I attribute to the transmission… but in retrospect, it might be a misfire. I do not have an oil consumption issue (yet) but the oil gets really really dirty very quickly. So what are the symptoms of the issue here?

  • nick crefasi March 4, 2014

    this is a bullshit settlement. The service centers will NOT do any repairs unless the trouble code lights are on. Please object to the settlement as it is feel-good wording. In order for the oil consumption trouble codes to come on your vehicle must be around 3.5 quarts low on oil. (it only holds 4.5). If you car is stuttering and running like crap they will not fix it unless it generates a code for misfiring. Please object, complain or otherwise make this crappy settlement more noticeable.

  • nick crefasi March 4, 2014

    I have been a loyal Honda buyer for 25 years. I think I am done now! I absorbed the lousy brake issues but now this is really pissing me off!

  • Lucas Wright March 5, 2014

    BEWARE! BEWARE! 2012 Honda Pilot 50K check engine light eventually led to misfire and repair under class action lawsuit. Engine repaired as required under settlement. Since car has been back to dealer 5 times for oil leaked, exhaust leaks and emissions lights on dash. Oil leaks on exhaust make car smell horrible. Car has been back to dealer 5 times and this morning the check engine light is back on. The problem is that this repair is extensive and out of the realm of a shop mechanic. These engines are assembled at the factory. Once the head and oil pan are removed at the dealer there is no getting back. I am returning this vehicle to Honda Motor Corp and discontinuing payment to Honda Motor Credit. We are DONE! IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU INSIST ON THE SERVICE MANAGER UPFRONT AND REQUEST THE MOST EXPERIENCED MECHANIC ON STAFF. ENGINE BUILDING IS NOT A SIMPLE BRAKE JOB!!

  • KW March 6, 2014

    I have a 2008 Accord 4 cylinder EX-L and the exact same problem. When I took them to task about it, they backed off their initial stance that it was going to cost me around $6000 to repair. I wasn’t going for that crap, especially when I overheard the service manager talking about this defect two years ago. They advised it was from the oil getting into the combustion chamber just like the V6′s. They then agreed to clean the heads and install a new software program after the “Oil Consumption Test”. That is supposed to be a solution? We will see. In the mean time, Honda just lost a loyal customer. Ford will get my new car business.

  • DVW March 18, 2014

    My 2008 Honda Accord EXL was burning oil at 30,000 miles. Had the misfiring problem, which cost me $481 to replace all sparkplugs at 37,000 mi. Dealership wanted me to do the consumption test, but I went to Pennzoil and it stopped burning oil. I now have 53.000 miles, and it does not use any oil!

  • Daki March 21, 2014

    I have the same problem with my 2008 Honda Accord four cylinder

  • Top Class Actions April 9, 2014

    UPDATE: A federal judge granted final approval to the Honda engine misfire class action settlement at a March 21, 2014, Final Fairness Hearing. More info: http://tcastaff.wpengine.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/23055-honda-engine-misfire-class-action-settlement-gets-final-ok/

  • Donald Hines April 10, 2014

    My 4 cylinder is also doing this. They (Boch Honda Norwood Ma) just told me i have massive interior engine damage. They tell me it will cost $14000 dollars to fix but they will contact Honda and try and get me a break on the price because they didn’t notice the problem when it first happened. I see this happening to other people and i wonder if anyone can tell me how to get a class action suit started?

  • alfredo April 16, 2014

    I don’t understand how this settlement only covers 6-cyl engines.
    The case filed is Alex Soto,et al vs Honda Motor Co.
    If you read the case filing, it clearly states that Alex Soto has a “4-Cylinder” 2008 Honda Accord.

  • Ashley April 16, 2014

    I have a 2008 Honda Accord V-6 EXL. I bought the car in 2010 with 43k miles on it. After having it two months spark plugs started going out, it was using excessive oil, and the engine was misfiring all the time. Honda replaced the spark plugs, for free, 3 times. Spark plugs at Honda are 30.00 a piece, and they were replacing them for free. Which was nice, but tells me they knew there was a problem and just didn’t want to mess with it. My car was certified and had an extended warranty. I went to them several times and they said it was a computer problem. They then updated my computer. Long story short they continued to put me off until I reached the 100k miles and the warranty was up, and said they couldn’t do anything at that point. I still have all the same issues. I can get my oil changed and within 2 weeks my car is 2 quarts low on oil easily. I am very happy about this class action and hope to hear something soon! We pay way too much for nice cars for them to have so many problems!

  • CELINDA CALDERON May 5, 2014

    I have a Honda Accord 2008 and I have the same problem, burning too much oil

    • CELINDA CALDERON May 5, 2014

      2008 Accord 4 cylinder EX-L

  • Paul Ward June 11, 2014

    I have a 2010 Accord EX, 4-cyl, and had to learn about this as my car (bought at dealer 7 months ago Honda certified preowned) with 50K miles, started having oil light come on and funny noises and hesitations. Service tech said “oh, yeah that is an issue with that model”. So why didn’t the dealer tell me that when they sold it to me?? Anyone have suggestions as to plan of action? I sure hope there is a fix, and that my 100K warranty covers it all…Very disappointed as a long time Honda owner…

  • Top Class Actions July 24, 2014

    UPDATE: Reimbursements from the Honda Engine Misfire Class Action Settlement were mailed July 14, 2014. A second wave of checks will go out this Fall, according to the Settlement Administrator. If you get a check, let us know!

  • Matt Lanter August 13, 2014

    I just purchased a 2012 exl v6 w/nav 2 months ago. The dealer did not disclose this info to me. I thought I did my homework but no where did I see this lawsuit until after I purchased the car. It had only 8,800 miles on it and I only drive about 5,000 a year. I am worried that I will not have problems until after the 8 year drivetrain warranty is up. I am very pissed the dealer can get away with knowing of such a problem and not telling you. Only thing I can do is drive it and trade/ sell it after the warranty. This is my first and may very we’ll be my last Honda.

  • Al Smith August 19, 2014

    This problem is not limited to the V6. I just had my 2008 EX-L 4 cylinder with less then 81K rebuilt for this exact issue. I originally thought it was the transmission because of some noise and what appeared to be slipping from 2-3 gear.

    I took it into the dealer and the mechanic quickly recognized it as an engine problem and bet me I was out of oil. He confirmed that and through my dealer and Honda corporate office I had the pay a $300 deductible (instead of $500) to have it fixed because of my past Honda loyalty and because I took such good care of the car and had all service performed as needed at the dealer there.

    I am disputing the $300 and I want to know what they did that actually fixed the problem. Not what they did to fix what the problem caused.

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