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Investigating Claims Against Honda for Recurring Battery Drains in all Acuras with HandsFreeLink® Technology

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Seeger Weiss is investigating claims for a class action suit against Honda related to recurring battery drains and replaced batteries in all Acuras with HandsFreeLink® technology. HandsFreeLink® technology is the Honda/Acura Bluetooth system which was known by Honda to get stuck in an “on” setting, creating a sufficient parasitic drain on the battery to weaken or kill it even while the vehicle’s ignition switch is off. The HandsFreeLink® technology does not even have to be used for this problem to happen. If the battery’s state of charge goes low enough, or if the battery cables are removed, the system may reset, causing the problem to appear intermittent.

According to the lawsuit, the HandsFreeLink system remains on even when vehicles are turned off. This means there is an ongoing parasitic drain on the vehicle’s electrical system. Acura owners were given the choice by Honda to replace the HandsFreeLink unit in their vehicles at a cost of at least $1000 or disconnecting the HandsFreeLink system in their vehicles. Owners were warned that replacing the system does not guarantee the new system will not create the same problem.

There are also accusations that Honda was aware of the battery drain issue since 2005, but only issued internal service bulletins to dealers without informing vehicle owners, extending warranties, or recalling vehicles affected by the issue.

There are also claims the HandsFreeLink system resets and shields the original problem from technicians. If the battery’s state of charge sinks low enough, or if the battery cables are removed, the system can reset, causing the problem to appear intermittent and making it difficult to diagnose and/or repair the issue.

Legal Action against Honda

HandsFreeLink technology is the Honda Acura Bluetooth system known to get stuck in an “on” setting, creating a sufficient parasitic drain on the battery to weaken or kill it even while the vehicle’s ignition switch is off. Even owners who did not use the technology have been affected.

If you or someone you know has purchased an Acura with HandsFreeLink technology and experienced battery drainage or replacement, please contact us. All initial consultations are free of charge.

If you or someone you know has purchased an Acura with HandsFreeLink® technology and have experienced battery drainage or replacement, please contact us.  All initial consultations are free of charge.

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