Another Lawsuit Alleges Honda Battery Draining Defect

Honda is facing a lawsuit alleging a “parasitic draining” defect in certain vehicles’ batteries.

Honda is facing another lawsuit alleging a “parasitic draining” defect in certain vehicles’ batteries.

Ronald Raynaldo, a California resident, filed a complaint on July 28, 2021, seeking to bring a class action with respect to 2017-2019 Honda CR-Vs and 2016-2019 Honda Accords. He contends the class vehicles suffer from parasitic draining: electrical components don’t shut down when the vehicle is turned off, allowing them to continue draining battery power. This, he alleges, leads to problems such as expensive replacement batteries and repairs, the vehicle not starting, degraded battery performance, or failure of safety features such as emergency hazard lights.  

Another previously filed lawsuit, George Jones v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., made similar allegations.

Raynaldo raises claims including breach of warranty and violation of California consumer laws. He alleges Honda “has knowingly sold over two million . . . Class Vehicles which suffer from a serious parasitic draw Defect.” Honda has been made aware of this defect, he contends, through sources such as its pre-sale durability testing, customer complaints, dealership repair records, and post-warranty claims. He seeks remedies including damages and an order requiring Honda to repair, recall, and/or replace the Class Vehicles and extend the applicable warranties.

The case is Ronald Raynaldo v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., case number 3:21-cv-05808, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.