The Class Action Lawsuit
Cooper v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., alleges that sun visors in some Civics are defective. In essence they were defective, fall apart and eventually become useless. The lawsuit goes on to say that Honda should have corrected the defective visors, or at the very least they should have disclosed information about the defect at the time of the sale. Honda continues to deny any wrongdoing, but ultimately settled the lawsuit to avoid the cost of a trial.
About the Settlement
As part of the settlement, which became effective on September 16th, 2011, Honda has agreed to:
- Extend the warranty on sun visors on Class Vehicles to 7 years / 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first
- Reimburse Class Members for out-of-pocket expenses incurred prior to the settlement date for the repair or replacement of their sun visors
If you are a member of this class action lawsuit, you are eligible to get a cash reimbursement if:
- You have paid out-of-pocket to repair or replace one or more sun visors in your vehicle prior to September 16th, 2011;
- The cost of the repair or replacement was not previously reimbursed by insurance, warranty, or goodwill; and
- You mail a claim form within two years from the date of the sun visor repair or replacement, or within 90 days of the September 16th, 2011, whichever period of time is longer.
So, Which Civics Are Affected?
Members of this class action settlement are all USA residents, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan, who are current of former owners / lessees of one of the following models:
|2009||Civic (2-Door)||2HGFG1…9H500001 — 2HGFG1…9H523805|
19XFA1…9E000061 — 19XFA1…9E007094
2HGFA16…9H500001 — 2HGFA16…9H511509
1HGFA1… 9L000008 — 1HGFA1… 9L025282
JHMFA1…9S200024 — JHMFA1…9S200060
|2009||Civic SI (2-Door)||2HGFG2…9H700001 — 2HGFG2…9H702924|
|2009||Civic SI (4-Door)||2HGFA5…9H700001 — 2HGFA5…9H704687|
|2009||Civic GX||1HGFA4…9L00000l — 1HGFA4…9H001442|
|2009||Civic Hybrid||JHMFA3…9S000002 — JHMFA3…9S009285|
What To Do If Your Vehicle is Part of the Settlement
If you've been affected you can read about out your legal rights and options in this lawsuit, find deadline information and download claim forms at the official visor settlement page.
If you have additional questions you can contact Honda by calling 1-888-888-3082.
Other Actions You Can Take
This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.
Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com
CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint
Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS
Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA
What Owners Are Saying
2008 Honda Civic
I have had the same issue as others with the drivers side sun visor of my 2008 Honda Civic. While I was driving, driver side visor fell without me touching it. Just, poof, and the visor was in my face! This is a safety concern, if you are driving along and the visor falls unexpectedly into your field of vision, there is a very good possibility the driver could cause an accident..Tammy M. on CarComplaints.com
2006 Honda Civic
This will be the fifth sun visor on the driver's side for a 5 year old car. The passenger side is on it's second. Seems to be the heat weakens the cheap plastic on the visor and the steel spring metal on the inside breaks it apart.Michael W on CarComplaints.com