Case Overview

FeganScott launched an investigation on behalf of 2012-2020 Honda CR-V owners and lessees regarding a potential defect in the vehicles which causes premature dead batteries.

For nearly a decade, Honda has been aware that CR-Vs are prone to premature dead batteries due to “parasitic draining.” Parasitic draining occurs when an electrical component draws power from a vehicle’s battery even after the vehicle is turned off. The slightest draw can empty the battery if left alone for a few days.  Honda has speculated that the parasitic drain is possibly related to the vehicles’ battery sensors and/or powertrain control modules (PCM) which fail to trigger “sleep mode” and turn off the vehicle.

Despite acknowledging the tendency of CR-Vs to experience parasitic draining to its dealers, Honda continued to sell and market the vehicle without an adequate remedy. For example, one driver reported waking up to a dead battery in his brand-new 2019 CR-V with less than 1,000 miles. Making matters worse, there are reports of Honda declining warranty coverage for replacement batteries, misdiagnosing the problem, and forcing consumers to cover the costs of replacement batteries and associated towing expenses.

If you own or lease a 2012-2020 Honda CR-V and are interested in learning more about FeganScott’s investigations please contact us today.