• Apr 7, 2010
Last September, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Honda looking for restitution for 750,000 late model Accord and Acura TSX owners. The suit claimed that a design defect in a new braking system led to excessive force on the rear brake pads that reduced the lifespan of the pads from 70,000 miles to under 20,000 miles. The cost to replace those rear pads? The suit claims the average total is about $150, but if the rotors were damaged, the price can spike to $250 or more.

A report in The New York Times shows that the months of legal wrangling has paid off for 750,000 owners of 2008 and 2009 Accords and the 2009 (plus a few 2010 models) Acura TSX. Honda has reportedly agreed to settle the suit without admitting responsibility or any wrongdoing, while also providing cash to customers with the brakes in question. Owners who have already gotten their brakes done will receive one half of the cost of repairs, or a maximum of $125, whichever is less. The owners in question will also receive $150 towards the cost of a set of new rear brake pads that Honda says will last longer than the units being replaced. The law firm handling the case will reportedly receive $2 million for its efforts. In total, Honda could be on the hook for well over $100 million if all affected owners receive new brakes.

With the class-action suit settled, the next step is for Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California to give the agreement an official seal of approval in May.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2009 TSX and this is good news since I've had to pay twice to replace the rear brake pads within 35000 miles of owning the car.

      First set went at 13600, second on 35200. Both times I paid MORE than what Honda is offering as restitution. It was 250 for the first set, and 200 for the next set. Mind you the problem will still be there, since they haven't fixed the issue - its a design issue.

      In which car have you heard of that the rear brakes do wear out before the fronts (besides honda's, 70% braking is up front otherwise you increase stopping distance). In which car have you heard that of the rear brakes, the rear inside pads (single side single piston) wears out faster than the outer pads.

      Evidently either the car is not clamping hard on both sides or when you press the brake the side with the piston only engages attempting to stop the car.

      I've got pictures of this issue and pads to prove it. I am glad they are paying up but replacing pads every 15K is not feasible even if I get the next one free.

      Victoria
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a 2009 Honda Accord and my rear brake pads are completely gone. My car only has 25,000. Need help as I cannot afford to replace them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      no one mentions toyota from pads/rotors?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda has had this problem on their Accords since 2003. Just Google the internet and note the frustrated owners replacing their rear brakes every 20k-30k miles. Honda is definitely riding on its past reputation of quality. The reality of some of these Honda issues will soon overtake the over hyped reputation. I recently just bought a 2005 Honda Accord V6 coupe. While the fuel economy is fantastic, it has oversensitive brakes and throttle and the seats are hard as a rock. The Hyundai Tucson I just sold had over 100K miles and still had life left on its original brake pads.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I am totally agree with you I own a 08 Accord and you are so right with that about quality, my Accord at 10000Km the leather start like peeling and color fading, took awhile before the front seat where change and now the armrest the "leather" which is actually vinyl is coming off, dealer refuses to change them, nice style car but really lacking quality, didn't have any problems with 04 Accord
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing beats Dodge G. Caravan in that department. Stock breaks had to be replaced after 22,000 km, this is less than 14,000 miles. It was a lady-driven car, so excessive wear could not be blamed on aggressive driving. I should also mention that all wearable parts, like windshield wipers, fell apart around the same time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was gonna say - last I checked, my girlfriend was a lady. And she drives like a crazy woman.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Never had a wiper blade wear out in a month -ever and I live in the northeast. My current cars factory wipers (Mercury Milan) last almost two years with no drop off in performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I got that beat. Any of the AWD Chevy Astro vans. I had them in the shop all the time for brakes. Most were WELL under 10,000mi. per set. I even remember a few being as frequent as 5,000mi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wiper blades can wear within a month. Non-issue. If you want longer wear on the brake pads, put the damn phone down and quit riding the brakes!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The irony:

        I get to hate the soccer mom I just got stuck driving behind in her Prius on my way home.

        And when I get home, I get to hate ANOTHER soccer mom.

        I Lol'd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow I knew there was a problem when I had to replace my rear brake pads with only 15K on the car. How come I was never contacted about this issue, being a 2009 Accord owner?
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL---in 1975 a married friend's Saab got roughly 6000 miles on a set of front pads on her Saab 99.

      My 2K Audi 4.2 gets roughly 32K miles on a set of pads....for all 4 wheels!!! And rotors have such a miniscule wear limit that they have tø be replaced every time (Audi did this twice under the maintenance-free warranty...their warranty NOW doesn't cover brakes...).

      One of the reasons they eat pads is the electronic stability control and/or the traction control using antilock brake systems. On front wheel drive cars with too much horsepower the ABS/traction control is constantly on the brakes and cutting the throttle...but brakes first!!! No wonder the pads don't last.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Premature brake wear? All this time, when GM was cranking out crap in the 80's no one said anything about it. I had brakes, tires, rotors, you name the wearable part all fail way before they should have. I have a stack of pink repair forms to prove it as well. I guess with the internet, which was not around in the 80's things get recognized sooner. The GM dealers back then could have cared less, let alone GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one said anything about it? It got so bad GM offered unhappy customers arbitration for a time in the 1980's to resolve disputes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kind of funny how everyone assumes that people were riding the brakes hard. LOL. You're all wrong. I had a 2009 Honda Accord and the first major problem of all Accord were the rear brake. Go on any forum and see the numerous amounts of threads and post of how horrendous the rear brakes were.. Mine were squealing like a banshee with only 500 miles and I took it to the dealership and told them "Hey something is wrong with rear brakes. I think you need to replace them." So they drove it around and told me after 1000 miles it should be find because you need to wear them in. LOL. After 2500 miles I came back and told them its even worse, and the best part was "Oh we don't know what's going on then. You might have to buy new rotors and pads." I asked "Out of my own money?" and they replied "Yes." Thank god my mom wrecked the Accord because anymore time in that POS I would burned it in front of the dealership. I have 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and 10x better than that "Honda Quality." Yeah right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone doesn't assume you were to blame and neither did the judge as Honda is paying up for putting garbage brakes on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess I'd better go take a good close look at the '08 Accord sitting in my garage with 17K miles on it. Thanks for the info AutoBlog as I hadn't heard of this problem before now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda should check on the premature bushings and shock deterioration of 2002 Honda Civics on NYC streets. I commute a total of 30 miles per day.
      When I had Honda Care, it was a $50 deductable to have them replaced (3 times), after that ran out, we are talking above $500 per to replace. I have also seen NHTSA complaint reports on the premature wear to no avail from Honda. I love Honda as much as the next person, great car, wish they would own up to this and get it fixed once and for all.
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