Today a lawsuit was filed against Honda by owners of Acura vehicles. The lawsuit states that the automaker sold vehicles with a battery-draining defect that has plagued owners since at least 2005 despite Honda knowing about the issue, according to Hagens Berman.

According to the complaint, the HandsFreeLink™ unit will get stuck in the "on" position, even if the feature is not in use and even after the car's ignition switch is turned off. Once stuck, the HandsFreeLink™ unit creates a constant drain on the electric system, leading to drained and dead batteries, recurring battery replacement and premature failure of other essential electric components such as alternators.

If you own or lease an Acura with the HandsFreeLink™ system, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about the lawsuit.

Acura owners are faced with the choice of disabling the HandsFreeLink™ unit or replacing it at a cost in excess of $1,000, with no guarantee that the replacement will function properly, according to the complaint. Since 2005, Honda has issued internal Technical Service Bulletins, notifying only the dealers about the problem, but offering no meaningful solution, warranty coverage or recall for consumers.

"The complaint details numerous incidents where consumers have experienced electrical malfunctions, replaced batteries, or have been stranded on the side of the road due to a dead battery," said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. "We believe it's time for Honda to take responsibility and issue a remedy."

The suit also states that Acura owners are not only out the cost of potential replacement. According to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, owners find themselves with cars that are less valuable than comparable cars with properly functioning hands-free systems.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for vehicle owners related to the defect and an injunctive order to end Honda's concealment of the defect and denial of warranty coverage for repairs related to the HandsFreeLink™ defect.

Learn more about the class-action lawsuit against Honda on behalf of Acura owners.

About Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in nine cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at Follow the firm for updates and news at  @ClassActionLaw.

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