Honda Alleges Civic A/C Defect

Honda has issued a recall for more than 1 million of its popular Honda Civic vehicles due to the possibility that the air conditioning system may overheat, catch fire or even explode. The car maker is also asking owners of cars affected by this defect to switch out their A/C units with new ones before summertime hits.

Honda has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Transportation, which alleges that the Honda Civic’s air conditioning system is defective.

Honda-Alleges-Civic-AC-Defect-Top-sHonda Civics from 2016 to 2018 are said to have a faulty air conditioning system, according to a class action complaint. 

Andre Wong, the plaintiff, claims he purchased a 2016 Honda Civic and was unaware of the air conditioning issue at the time of purchase. He allegedly bought the car brand new, with no faults revealed.

Wong claims that he took his car in for servicing for the AC issue three times over the course of three years. Honda experts allegedly attempted to fix the issue but were unable to do so.

The issue in the 2016–2018 Honda Civics is said to cause the air conditioning system to fail and cease functioning while the car is in use. The issue, according to Wong, stems from a flaw in the design or manufacturing of the air conditioning condenser unit. 

According to the Honda class action complaint, the air conditioner malfunction has a detrimental impact on the drivers’ ability to operate and enjoy their cars. Furthermore, the issue is said to have an impact on the safety and value of cars from the 2016 to 2018 model years. 


According to the Honda A/C class action complaint, a broken air conditioner may create health issues, putting the driver and any passengers in the car at danger of injury or death. The fact that temperature control and defroster controls are allegedly impacted exacerbates these dangers, according to reports. 

Wong alleges that Honda deliberately hid the fact that the air conditioners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Honda Civics were prone to malfunction in his Honda class action complaint. The firm is also accused of concealing the health hazards connected with the issue.

Wong says that Honda has known about the problem for a long time, but that the company has a policy of refusing to fix air conditioners without charging consumers. When owners or lessees of the cars bring their vehicles in for servicing relating to the issue, the business, according to Wong, refuses to recognize the problem. 

Many drivers have asked that Honda offer a free solution for the A/C issue, but Honda has refused to recognize the fault, according to Wong. Honda, according to reports, refuses to recognize the fault even if it happens within the warranty term.

Honda, according to the lawsuit, often advises consumers on expensive repairs that they must pay for themselves. 


This isn’t the first time Honda has been accused of having air conditioning problems. Similar allegations of AC/compressor problems in certain Honda Odyssey, Honda CR-V, and Acura TSX cars were resolved in 2012. Customers are now alleging that the issue may affect even more cars.

Have you ever had an issue with the air conditioning in your Honda? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below!

Wong is represented by McCune Wright Arevalo LLP’s David C. Wright, Richard D. McCune, Steven A. Haskins, and Mark I. Richards, as well as Bradley/Grombacher LLP’s Marcus J. Bradley and Kiley L. Grombacher.

Andre Wong v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc., et al., Case No. 2:19-cv-10537, is a Honda Civic Air Conditioning Problem Class Action Lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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Honda has filed a lawsuit against the 2019 Honda Civic alleging that there is a defect in the air conditioning unit. The company claims that it will cost $1,000 to fix and $2,000 to replace. Reference: 2019 honda civic air conditioning problems.

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