Honda wants to settle a class action lawsuit that alleges certain Acura RDX models have defective infotainment systems.
Consumers filed the lawsuit in July 2019 and alleged 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX models have defective components that cause the infotainment systems—which include a backup camera, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay—to malfunction. They allege the faulty infotainment systems frequently freeze or crash, rendering the systems inoperable and distracting drivers. The consumers allege Honda knew the defect existed when it sold the cars.
Honda initially tried to dismiss the lawsuit. However, the Court rejected that attempt and later certified the lawsuit as a class action that covers customers who purchased a new 2019 or 2020 Acura RDX from an authorized Acura dealer in California.
Honda still denies responsibility for defective infotainment systems, admits no wrongdoing, and claims the consumers’ allegations are not “meritorious.” However, after the parties engaged in discovery, Honda decided to settle the case to avoid costs and “uncertainties” of litigating the case.
Under the settlement agreement, Honda agrees to provide an extended warranty to cover problems with the infotainment systems and to work in good faith to improve the systems. The Court still has to approve the settlement agreement before it is final.
The lawsuit is Jimmy Bahn, et al v. American Honda Motor Company, No. 2:19-cv-5984 RGK, and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
You can read the Class Action Settlement Agreement and Release below: